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Footed Dish with Equestrian Hunting Scene

Date:
ca. 8th century
Culture:
Central Vietnam
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); Diam. 11 1/16 in. (28.1 cm); Wt. est. 4 lbs (1.8 kg)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.261
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.

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