Pouring vessel (gong) in the form of an elephant with masks (taotie), dragons, birds, snakes, and felines

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 1150-1100 BCE
  • Geography

    Hunan province, middle Yangzi River region, China
  • Material

    Bronze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 18.7 x 21.4 x 8.1 cm (7 3/8 x 8 7/16 x 3 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    S1987.65a-b
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_S1987.65a-b

Object Details

  • Provenance

    To 1965
    J. T. Tai & Company, INC. New York, NY [1]
    1965 to 1987
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, New York, NY purchased from J. T. Tai & Company on January 20, 1965 in New York, NY [2]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] See records from Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, copy in object file.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] Pursuant to the agreement between Dr. 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.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings (February 25, 2023 to April 28, 2024)
    The Arts of China (November 18, 1990 to September 7, 2014)
    In Praise of Ancestors: Ritual Objects from China (September 28, 1987 to January 1, 1989)
    Art from Ritual: Ancient Chinese Bronze Vessels from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections (April 23 to September 6, 1983)
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    Hunan province, middle Yangzi River region, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Vessel
  • On View

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