Footed Dish with Equestrian Hunting Scene, Copper alloy, Central Vietnam

Footed Dish with Equestrian Hunting Scene

ca. 8th century
Central Vietnam
Copper alloy
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); Diam. 11 1/16 in. (28.1 cm); Wt. est. 4 lbs (1.8 kg)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1999
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 245
This remarkable bronze presentation dish can be attributed to the Cham territories of Vietnam. It has an elaborately decorated cavetto with three equestrian riders wielding a bow, a lance, and a sword, respectively, while hunting in a forested landscape populated by elephants, buffalo, and lions. It probably served as a presentation dish in a court. No precedent for this object was known until the recent discovery of a second dish, in a hoard excavated in Lam Dong Province, southern Vietnam. Both dishes are likely the products of court workshops associated with a Cham kingdom in the late first millennium.

cat. no. 3
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century," April 14, 2014–July 27, 2014.