Three Fine & Rare Chinese Tang Dynasty Spun Bronze Bowl
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre AD 1000: item # 1184688
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Three Fine & Rare Chinese Tang Dynasty Spun Bronze Bowls (AD 618 - 906)
These rare "spun" bronze bowls were made during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906). They were made by the spinning technique as opposed to having been cast (see below for more information). Although in places there is a green and reddish-brown patina from long burial, the overall condition of these bowls is exceptional, clearly showing the original smooth polished surface. For spun bowls, the bronze is relatively thick on all of these bowls.
The diameter of each bowl is approximately 14 cm (5.5 inches), allowing them easily to be stacked inside each other; the height ranges from 5.5 cm (2.15 inches) to 7 cm (2.75 inches). One bowl in particular does have minor surface scratches, but overall these are exceptional examples in fine condition and with no restoration or repair.
For information, from the fine 1987 book, Korean Art from The Brooklyn Museum, by Robert J. Moes, to describe the manufacturing process of spun bronze vessels: "Spun bronze involved mounting a small bronze cylinder on a lathe-like device and drawing the malleable metal out to its final shape while it spun at high speed. This technique permitted thinner walls, making the vessel considerably lighter than its cast counterpart, thus requiring less bronze." Although this description is of Korean spun bronze bowls, the same technique was undoubtedly used in the manufacture of Chinese examples.
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