Ritual wine vessel (fangtsun)

Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, late 11th-early 10th century BCE
H x W: 34.5 x 27 cm (13 9/16 x 10 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual wine vessel

casting, China, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), wine

Parish-Watson Company, New York 1925 [1]

From 1925
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Parish-Watson Company, New York in 1925 [2]


[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Parish-Watson Company

Published References
  • Parish-Watson Company. Exhibition of Decorative Arts by Parish-Watson & company, inc. New York City: Rare old Chinese porcelains, potteries, bronzes and sculptures; early Persian faience, carpets and miniatures, French furniture and tapestries; English portraits. New York. no. 92.
  • Bernhard Karlgren. Some New Bronzes in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. no. 24 Stockholm. fig. 21.
  • Sueji Umehara. Shina kodo seikwa (Selected Relics of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from Collections in Europe and Asia). 3 vols., Osaka. pl. 18.
  • Sueji Umehara. On the Shapes of the Bronze Vessels of Ancient China: An Archaeological Study. Toho Bunka Gakuin kyoto kenkyujo kenkyu hohoku, vol.15 Kyoto. pl. 9, no. 11.
  • Sueji Umehara. Amerika no hakubutsukan ni okeru Shina no kobijutsu (Ancient Chinese Art in North American Museums). no. 16/17, June 1930. pl. 36.
  • Osvald Siren. Kinas Konst Under Tre Artusenden. 2 vols., Stockholm, 1942-1943. pl. 7.
  • Osvald Siren. A History of Early Chinese Art. 4 vols., London, 1929-1930. pl. 32.
  • Hugo Munsterberg. A Short History of Chinese Art. New York, 1949. pl. 3.
  • Dr. Berthold Laufer. Archaic Chinese Bronzes of the Shang, Chou and Han periods in the Collections of Mr. Parish-Watson. New York. opp. p. 16, pl. 7.
  • Keng Jung. Shang chou i ch'i t'ung k'ao: Researches in Ceremonial Vessels of the Shang and Chou Dynasties. Peiping. pl. 289.
  • Chen Mengjia. Yin Zhou qing tong qi fen lei tu lu (Yin-Chou ch'ing t'ung ch'i fen lei t'u lu). 2 vols., Dongjing. A 405.
  • Dagny Carter. Four Thousand Years of China's Art. New York. p. 23.
  • Rene Grousset. La Chine et son Art. Collection Ars et historia Paris. p. 28.
  • compiled by the staff of the Freer Gallery of Art. A Descriptive and Illustrative Catalogue of Chinese Bronzes: Acquired During the Administration of John Ellerton Lodge. Oriental Studies Series, no. 3 Washington, 1946. p. 39, pl. 18.
  • Agnes E. Meyer. The Charles L. Freer Collection. vol. 12, No. 2. Brooklyn, August 1927. p. 64.
  • Hai wai i chen (Chinese Art in Overseas Collections). Taipei, 1985. p. 86.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 17, p. 105.
  • William Willetts. Foundations of Chinese Art from Neolithic Pottery to Modern Architecture. New York, 1965. p. 110.
  • Howard F. Collins. Decor, Function, and Contour in Early Chinese Bronzes. vol. 12, no. 2 London, Summer 1966. p. 116, fig. 5.
  • Judith Burling Arthur H. Burling. Chinese Art. New York. p.223.
  • Sueji Umehara. Shina kokogaku ronko (Studies in Chinese Archaeology). Showa 13 Tokyo, 1938-1940. p. 536.
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Chinese Art
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