Ritual wine ewer (gong) with masks (taotie) , dragons, and real animals

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 1150-1100 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 17 × 19.5 × 9.9 cm (6 11/16 × 7 11/16 × 3 7/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Ceremonial covered vessel, type guang, evenly patinated outside in shades of gray-green with flecks of cuprite; inside, some azurite with areas of original metal; few incrustations.
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    In 1939
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York from March 23, 1939 [1]
    From 1939
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on November 30, 1939 [2]
    [1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 81966: "Bronze wine vessel with cover, Chou," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. See also "List of objects owned by C. T. Loo & Co., New York [left] at the Gallery for examination," with annotation that the bronze was left by Loo at the Freer Gallery on May 14, 1939, in object file.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated November 30, 1939, copy in object file.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

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