Ritual wine warmer (jue)

Historical period(s)
Shang dynasty, ca. 1150-1050 BCE
H x W (overall): 19.7 x 16.7 cm (7 3/4 x 6 9/16 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: jue

animal, China, inscription, mask, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE)

By 1955-1956
Warren E. Cox Associates, New York, New York, method of acquisition unknown [1]

From 1956
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Warren E. Cox Associates, New York, New York [2]

[1] See letter from Warren E. Cox (1895-1976) to Mr. Archibald G. Wenley (1898-1962), December 13, 1955, copy in object file. The letter reports that Cox sent the "small bronze" with the Freer Gallery of Art's curator, Richard Ettinghausen (1906-1979), for Wenley to inspect.

[2] See invoice from Warren E. Cox Associates to Freer Gallery of Art, July 6, 1956, copy in object file. Warren E. Cox Associates describes the object as "XM-1377 Shang dynasty bronze chüeh." The invoice is annotated, indicating that the Freer Gallery of Art purchased the object on July 10, 1956.

Research Completed on March 17, 2022

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Warren E. Cox & Associates, Inc.

Published References
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 9.
  • The Horizon Book of the Arts of China. New York. p. 45.
  • Higuchi Takayasu. Kijin to ningen no Chugoku. Tokyo. p. 111.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 23, p. 139.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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