Square lidded ritual wine container (fangyi) with masks and dragons

Historical period(s)
Shang dynasty, ca. 12th-11th century BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D (assembled): 19.1 × 10.7 × 7.7 cm (7 1/2 × 4 3/16 × 3 1/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1954.13
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel: fangyi

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

To 1954
J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York. [1]

From 1954
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] See object file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

J.T. Tai & Co. established in 1950

Published References
  • Daniel Shapiro. Ancient Chinese Bronzes: A Personal Appreciation. .
  • T'an. Tan-chiung: T'ung ch'i kai shu. Taipei. pls. 54, 39f.
  • Chin wen tsung chi. Taipei. vol. 6: p. 2712.
  • Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America. vol. 8 Honolulu, 1954. p. 52.
  • Dem Text Ein Freund: Erkundungen des chinesischen Altertums: Robert H. Gassmann gewidmet. Bern, Germany. p. 181, fig. 6.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 36, p. 201.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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