Ritual grain server (gui) with dragons

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: 15.6 × 29.2 × 21.6 cm (6 1/8 × 11 1/2 × 8 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Previous custodian or owner

    James Mellon Menzies (1885-1957)
    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
  • Provenance

    James Mellon Menzies (1885 –1957), Henan Province, China then Toronto, Canada [1]
    After 1928
    C. T. Loo & Company, Paris, France and New York, NY [2]
    By at least 1968
    Arthur M. Sackler, New York, NY likely purchased in New York, NY from either Frank Caro Chinese Art or J. T. Tai & Company [3]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift from Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [4]
    [1] See: See: Chen Mengjia, Yin Zhou qing tong qi fen lei tu lu. Dongjing: Ji gu shu wu, 1977, no. A196 (this publication is also known by it’s Japanese title, In Shu seidoki bunrui zuroku). James Mellon Menzies (1885–1957) was a missionary to China for the Presbyterian Church of Canada. In 1910, the church sent him to Henan Province, where he developed an intense interest in Chinese culture and antiquities. He amazed a large collection of oracle bones (many of which are now in the Royal Ontario Museum) and published widely on his collection. In 1932, he taught in the department of archeology at Qilu University, in Jinan, Shandong Province, China. At the university, he formed a museum of antiquities. He returned to Canada in 1936 and resided in Toronto. Chen Mengja notes that the vessel was owned by Menzies and Loo.
    [2] See note 1. See also photo negative in C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, France. Negative labeled: “Kuei Early Chou, Dr. A. Sackler, (6) CNMB 96,” copy located in object file.
    Frank Caro, who started working for C. T. Loo in 1928 began photographing Loo’s stock. This photograph was likely taken by Caro after 1928.
    [3] See the earliest publication of this object that lists Arthur M. Sackler as the owner: Robert Poor, The Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, Series 1, Lecture 4 (New York: Intercultural Arts Press, 1968), 1-4-3.
    [4] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 23b: Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings
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