Spouted ritual vessel (he) with dragons

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

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  • Period

    ca. 1200-1150 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D (assembled): 18.4 × 18.7 × 21.6 cm (7 1/4 × 7 3/8 × 8 1/2 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Ceremonial vessel, type huo; cover in the form of a human face with horns. Patination: outside, gray-green with sparse malachite incrustations; inside, gray, gray-green, malachite, cuprite, azurite and calcareous deposit.
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    Excavated in Anyang, Henan province, China [1]
    From 1940 to 1941
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York from November 1940 [2]
    From 1941
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on September 29, 1941 [3]
    [1] According to Mizuno Seiichi, In Shu seidoki to tama (Tokyo, Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha, 1959), p. 63, pls. 40, 41.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 87003: "Bronze jar with cover Chou
    Bronze TSUN with cover in the form of a Human mask with ornaments. Turquoise patina SHANG," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. The object was taken by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination on January 17, 1941.
    [3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated September 29, 1941, 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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