Lidded ritual wine warmer (jiao) with taotie

Historical period(s)
Late Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1100 BCE-1050 CE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W: 22.4 x 9.5 cm (8 13/16 x 3 3/4 in)
Geography
China, Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1953.83a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel: jiao

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), casting, China, taotie, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Inscriptions inside the lid and container read:

On the day bingshen, the king bestowed cowry shells from Xi upon Fu, the Fuya officer. . . . [Fu] therefore made for his deceased Father Gui this vessel.

Published References
  • Sueji Umehara. Yin hsu: Ancient Capital of the Shang Dynasty at An-yang. Tokyo. pl. 75.
  • Hai wai i chen [Chinese Art in Overseas Collections]. Taipei, 1985. vol. 2: p. 46.
  • Chugoku bijutsu [Chinese Art in Western Collections]. 5 vols., Tokyo, 1972-1973. vol. 4: fig. 11.
  • Chin wen tsung chi. Taipei. vol. 6: p. 2379.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 26, p. 151.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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