Ritual wine cup (gu)

Historical period(s)
Middle to late Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1200-1050 BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x Diam: 28.5 × 15.8 cm (11 1/4 × 6 1/4 in)
Geography
China, Henan province, Probably found at Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1940.3
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel: gu

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), casting, China, inscription, mask, wine, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Probably found at Anyang, Henan Province, China [1]

To 1940
T. Mori, Japan to 1940

From 1940
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from T. Mori, Japan, through George Abo, Boston in 1940 [2]

Notes:

[1] According to Keith Wilson's curatorial remark, dated March 2009, in database record.

[2] Undated folder sheet note. For additional information, see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

T. Mori

Published References
  • Shang Chou chin wen shi ch'eng. Multi-volume, Taipei. cat. 6762.
  • Chin wen tsung chi. Taipei. vol. 8: p. 3359.
  • 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. vol. 2: A 464.
  • 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. 5-7, 29, pl. 10.
  • Sueji Umehara. On the Ancient Tombs Discovered at Hou-chia chung, Chang-te fu, Ho-nan sheng. no. 30. pp. 18-30, pl. 5.
  • Dagny Carter. Four Thousand Years of China's Art. New York. p. 23, b.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 8, p. 59.
  • Catalogue of the Fine Collection of Important Early Chinese Bronzes and Rare Archaic Jades, Paintings, Lacquer, Textiles, Rugs, Sculpture, Chinese Ceramics and Various Works of Art: The Property of H.K. Burnet, Esq. London, April 2-4, 1941. no. 397, p. 99.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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