Ritual grain server (gui) with spikes, ribs, and, dragons

Historical period(s)
Early Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1050-1000 BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W: 23.2 x 37.2 cm (9 1/8 x 14 5/8 in)
Geography
China, Shaanxi province, Baoji
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1931.10
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel: gui

Keywords
casting, China, water buffalo, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE)
Provenance

1931
C. T. Loo & Company, New York 1931 [1]

From 1931
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company, New York in 1931 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note.

[2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948

Published References
  • William Watson. Ancient Chinese Bronzes. The Arts of the East London. pl. 21c.
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  • 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. 3, fig. 4.
  • Sueji Umehara. Shina kodo seikwa [Selected Relics of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from Collections in Europe and Asia]. 3 vols., Osaka. vol. 2: pl. 104.
  • Keng Jung. Shang chou i ch'i t'ung k'ao: Researches in Ceremonial Vessels of the Shang and Chou Dynasties. Peiping. vol. 2: pl. 135.
  • Keng Jung, Chang Wei. Yin Chou ch'ing t'ung ch'i t'ung lun [A Survey of Shang-Chou Bronzes]. Peking. cat. 64.
  • Carl Hentze. Fruhchinesische Bronzen und Kultdarstellungen. Antwerp. pl. 1a.
  • the editors of Time-Life Books. China. Library of Nations Amsterdam. .
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  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 8, vol. 1: pp. 153-154.
  • Grace Dunham Guest, Archibald Gibson Wenley. Annotated Outlines of the History of Chinese Arts. Washington, 1949. p. 3.
  • 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. pp. 5, 54, pl. 28.
  • Sueji Umehara. Kyosei-sho Hokei-ken shutsudo no daini no henkin [The Second Set of Ritual Vessels "pen-chin" from Pao-chi-hsien, Shan-hsi Province]. vol. 1 Kyoto, July 1959. p. 9.
  • Bernhard Karlgren. Some New Bronzes in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. no. 24 Stockholm. p. 17.
  • Dagny Carter. Four Thousand Years of China's Art. New York. p. 41, b.
  • Charles D. Weber. Chinese Pictorial Bronze Vessels of the Late Chou Period, Part I (of IV). vol. 28, no. 2/3 Washington and Zurich. p. 150, fig. 16a.
  • W. A C. H. Dobson. Early Archaic Chinese: A Descriptive Grammar. Toronto. pp. 190-192.
  • Alfred Salmony. Chou-bronzen der Freer Gallery in Washington. vol. 11, no. 18 Munich, November 1936. p. 355.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 66, p. 369.
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Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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