Square ritual wine container (fanghu) with narrative scenes

Historical period(s)
Middle Eastern Zhou dynasty, ca. 5th century BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 37 x 21.8 x 20.9 cm (14 9/16 x 8 9/16 x 8 1/4 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1956.15
On View Location
Freer Gallery 18: Art and Industry: China's Ancient Houma Foundry
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel: fanghu

Keywords
casting, China, hunting, WWII-era provenance, Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 221 BCE)
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Chugoku bijutsu [Chinese Art in Western Collections]. 5 vols., Tokyo, 1972-1973. vol. 4: fig. 68.
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 5, p. 33.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 98, p. 503.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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