Ritual wine container (you) in the form of two owls with masks (taotie), dragons, and birds

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At A Glance

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  • Period

    ca. 1150 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 24.8 × 21.9 × 16.8 cm (9 3/4 × 8 5/8 × 6 5/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Ceremonial covered vessel, type you, in the form of two horned owls standing back to back. Patination: outside, gray-green with much red (cuprite) in the furrows of the design; inside, bare metal with incrustations of malachite, cuprite, and azurite.
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    From 1941 to 1942
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York in November 1941 [1]
    From 1942
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on July 24, 1942 [2]
    [1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 87515: "Bronze jar with cover SHANG," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. The vessel was brought by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination on March 19, 1942.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated July 24, 1942, copy in object file.
  • 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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