Catalogue no. 16 BRONZE LIBATION VESSEL WITH TAPIR SPOUT
PROBABLY FROM THE DA NANG AREA
CHAM PERIOD, 9TH– 10TH CENTURY
H. 27.5 CMS, 10 ¾ INS
A charming deep olive green patinated bronze ewer, probably once used for libation, of bulbous form with a broad neck opening and a splayed foot, the spout in the shape of a tapir (anteater).
Note: Repair to foot.
Malayan tapirs (Tapirus indicus), also called the Asian tapir used to be common in Vietnam during ancient times but are now rare. This vessel resembles ceramic examples, often with an animal spout, and were used for libation (anointing religious images).
For a fine, double-spouted example of similar date in the Musée Guimet, see cat. no. 79 in P. Baptiste and T. Zéphir, La Sculpture du Champa: Trésors d’art du Vietnam Ve – XVe siècles, Paris: Éditions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2005. For a further example in silver, see cat. no. 215, p. 212 in Jean-François Hubert, The Art of Champa, Parkstone International Ltd, 2005.
Provenance: Private collection, UK.