Fine Chinese Tang Dynasty Spun Bronze Bowl (AD 618 - 906)
This rare "spun" bronze bowl was made during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906). It was made by the spinning technique as opposed to having been cast (see below for more information). Its form is what some refer to as an alms bowl. It has a particularly smooth surface. In places are "calcified" deposits from long burial including malachite (green) deposits.
Diameter 14 cm (5.5 inches), height 6 cm (2.25 inches). Some surface marks, fine condition 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.
See also our other Tang spun bronze bowl, stock number MA025. Although MA025 is the larger bowl, this bowl (MA024) has a slightly thicker wall and weighs more at 322g (MA025 weighs 308g).
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