Ritual wine container (hu) with masks (taotie) and dragons

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At A Glance

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  • Period

    ca. 1200 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 38.1 × 27.8 × 23 cm (15 × 10 15/16 × 9 1/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Bronze ceremonial vessel, type hu [Ch]. Decoration cast in high and low relief in six registers. Silvery patination with green inscrustations. Shape ovoid in section with swelling body and slightly flaring mouth and foot. Handles in shape of bovine heads.
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    From 1947 to 1948
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York, from at least May 6, 1947 [1]
    From 1948
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on June 21, 1948 [2]
    [1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 87520: "Bronze ritual vessel large "HU" on a high oval rim foot. Silvery and rough green patina. SHANG," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the bronze was imported from China in 1947. On May 6, 1947, it was taken by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated June 21, 1948, copy in object file.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

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