Wine container (hu) with birds and dragons

Historical period(s)
Spring and Autumn period, Eastern Zhou dynasty, 6th century BCE
H x W: 25.9 x 18.2 cm (10 3/16 x 7 3/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel: hu

bird, Carl Whiting Bishop collection, casting, China, dragon, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), Spring and Autumn period (770 - 476 BCE), wine

To 1924
Lee Sung-shan, Beijing to 1924 [1]

From 1924
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Lee Sung-shan, Beijing through Carl Whiting Bishop in 1924 [2]


[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note.

[2] See note 1. Also see Original Bishop List, No. B-9, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Added to the collection by Mr. A. G. Wenley.

Previous Owner(s)

Lee Sung-shan

Published References
  • Charles D. Weber. Chinese Pictorial Bronze Vessels of the Late Chou Period, Part I (of IV). vol. 28, no. 2/3 Washington and Zurich. pp. 107-154, fig. 4.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 99, p. 509.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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