Ritual food container

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 6th-5th century BCE
  • Geography

    Liyu, Shaanxi province, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 16.5 x 20.5 x 17.7 cm (6 1/2 x 8 1/16 x 6 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Provenance

    To 1971
    Gran Collection, London, United Kingdom [1]
    Sale, London, Sotheby & Co., Catalogue of Important Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes, and Works of Art, March 2, 1971, lot 49: "A Rare and Attractive Archaic Bronze Covered Vessel (ting)" [2]
    J.T. Tai & Co., purchased from sale at Sotheby & Co., London, "Catalogue of Important Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes, and Works of Art" March 2, 1971, lot 49 [3]
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, purchased from J.T. Tai & Co. on November 10, 1971 [4]
    The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler in 1974 [5]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation [6]
    [1] The 1971 auction catalogue listed the vessel as "The Property of a Gentleman". See copy of auction catalogue, object file. The paper file from the Sackler Foundations notes that this was previously in the collection of Gran before J.T. Tai & Co. purchased it.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] According to records from Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, J.T. Tai & Co., purchased this vessel from the 1971 London, Sotheby's auction. On November 10, 1971 this was sold to Dr. Sackler through Paul Singer (?). The J.T. Tai & Co., dealer number is YT 6002.
    [4] See note 3.
    [5] Dr. Arthur M. Sackler donated the object to the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in 1974. See correspondence on the transfer of object to the Foundation, copies in object file.
    [6] See Deed of Gift, object file.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Arts of China (November 18, 1990 to September 7, 2014)
    Chinese Bronzes from the Sackler Collection (November 19 to December 30, 1989)
    In Praise of Ancestors: Ritual Objects from China (September 28, 1987 to January 1, 1989)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    J. T. Tai & Co. (established in 1950)
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
    Arthur M. Sackler Foundation (founded 1965)
  • Origin

    Liyu, Shaanxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
  • Type

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