Food Vessel: Gui

China, reportedly found in Shandong Province
Eastern Zhou period, about 6th century B.C.E.
H. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm) including cover, W. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm) across handles; 1979.103a-b

Artist Comments

Joel Shapiro
I assume these were used and I imagine they would have been set on a low table. Anyway, I would like to see it on the floor or at least set on a very low plinth to emphasize its relationship to architecture. Plus the dragon handles are great. Flip the lid and you have a plate-very grand but so practical. Conquer your fear, the world and eat.