Lidded ritual wine cup (zhi) with geometric decoration

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 1100-1050 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 17.1 × 10.3 × 8.2 cm (6 3/4 × 4 1/16 × 3 1/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Oval vessel with a low ring foot and a domed lid surmounted by a semi-circular loop handle. The vessel is decorated with two horizontal friezes; there is a single horizontal frieze on the lid. Each of the three-tiered friezes is bordered by rows of circlets above and below. The central portion of the upper frieze on the vessel and that on the lid consists of diagonal curls around an oval eye in the center of the unit. The central portion of the frieze on the ring foot is a simplified version of the other two bands. An identical inscription is cast inside the vessel and the lid.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Wolf Ladejinsky
  • Provenance

    To 1971
    Mr. Wolf Ladejinsky, Washington, DC [1]
    From 1971
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Mr. Wolf Ladejinsky, Washington, DC [2]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 6 in the object record.
    [2] Object was donated to the Freer Study Collection on June 1971, and then transferred to the Permanent Collection on August 1974. See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Wolf Ladejinsky
  • Type

  • On View

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