Ritual grain server (yu) with masks (taotie), dragons, and cicadas.

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 1150 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 14 × 22.5 × 21.3 cm (5 1/2 × 8 7/8 × 8 3/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Ceremonial vessel, type gui. Fairly even gray-green patina inside and out; malachite and azurite incrustation on the bottom. Cast inscription of two characters.
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    In 1941
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York from April 1941 [1]
    From 1941
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on June 18, 1941 [2]
    [1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 87101: "Bronze vessel. Kuei. decorated around foot and neck with bands of running dragons separated by flanges. and a register of triangles with cicadas in relief under the rim on the body broad t'ao t'ieh masks. All motives [?] with spirals. deeply carved spiral background. Grey green patina. Inscribed. Shang," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. The object was brought by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination on April 29, 1941.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated June 18, 1941, copy in object file.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 24b: Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings
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