Ritual wine cup (gu) with masks (taotie), snakes, and cicadas

Detail of a pattern
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  • Period

    ca. 1150 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 28.3 × 16.2 cm (11 1/8 × 6 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Ceremonial vessel, type ku. Silvery gray and gray-green patina with scattered incrustations of malachite and cuprite (?) outside and in. Cast inscription of 2 characters inside the base.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    T. Mori
  • Provenance

    Probably found at Anyang, Henan Province, China [1]
    To 1940
    T. Mori, Japan to 1940
    From 1940
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from T. Mori, Japan, through George Abo, Boston in 1940 [2]
    [1] According to Keith Wilson's curatorial remark, dated March 2009, in database record.
    [2] Undated folder sheet note. For additional information, see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
  • 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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