Ritual wine ewer (gong) in the form of a tiger, owl, and water bird

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 1300-1200 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 23.5 × 31.4 × 11.6 cm (9 1/4 × 12 3/8 × 4 9/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Ceremonial covered vessel, type kuang. Smooth, soft green patina with scattered incrustations outside and in; criss-cross mold-impression on the bottom; cast inscription of 2 characters inside cover and vessel.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
  • Provenance

    From at least 1937 to 1938
    C. T. Loo & Company, Paris and New York from at least August 30, 1937 [1]
    From 1938
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company, New York on February 4, 1938 [2]
    [1] See "List of objects owned by C. T. Loo & Co., New York [and sent to] the Gallery for examination," copy in object file. According to an annotation on the list, the vessel was received from Paris on August 30, 1937.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated January 17, 1938, with an annotation that it was passed for payment on February 4, 1938. The invoice was issued by C. T. Loo's New York gallery.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 23b: Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings
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