Wine vessel (zun)

Historical period(s)
Shang dynasty, ca. 12th-11th century BCE
H x Diam: 29.7 × 23.1 cm (11 11/16 × 9 1/8 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: zun

casting, China, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance

From 1941 to 1943
C. T. Loo & Company, New York from November 1941 [1]

From 1943
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on December 8, 1943 [2]


[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 87477: "Bronze Tsun relief [masks]. Shang," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated December 8, 1943, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948

Published References
  • Archibald Gibson Wenley, Dr. John Alexander Pope. China. War Background Study, no. 20 Washington. pl. 25.
  • Sueji Umehara. Yin hsu: Ancient Capital of the Shang Dynasty at An-yang. Tokyo. pl. 87.
  • Chin wen tsung chi. Taipei. vol. 6: p. 2368.
  • 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.
  • Grace Dunham Guest, Archibald Gibson Wenley. Annotated Outlines of the History of Chinese Arts. Washington, 1949. p. 1.
  • Bernhard Karlgren. Marginalia on Some Bronze Albums II. no. 32 Stockholm. p. 10, pl. 15b.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 13, p. 85.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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