Ritual wine container (you) with masks (taotie), dragons, and cicadas

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 1100-1050 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 36.1 × 27.3 × 24.3 cm (14 3/16 × 10 3/4 × 9 9/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Ceremonial covered vessel, type you. Outside, fairly even patination in shades of gray-green with flecks of cuprite; inside, cuprite, azurite and malachite with areas of original metal; little incrustation; cast inscription of one character inside both cover and vessel.
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    Reportedly excavated in Anyang, Henan province, China [1]
    From 1939 to 1940
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York from September 26, 1939 [2]
    From 1940
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on July 10, 1940 [3]
    [1] According to undated curatorial remark, in object file.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 86536: "Bronze Jar with cover, Shang," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. The object was brought to the Freer Gallery for examination on November 6, 1939.
    [3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated July 10, 1940, copy in object file. According to Loo's stockcard, the vessel was sold on July 15, 1940.
  • 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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