Wine container (zun)

Historical period(s)
Shang dynasty, ca. 11th century BCE
H x W x D: 35.1 x 24.2 x 24.5 cm (13 13/16 x 9 1/2 x 9 5/8 in)
China, Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel: zun

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

Formerly in the collection of the Cranbrook Academy of Art [1]

To 1975
J.T. Tai & Co., Inc., New York, NY [2]

The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, purchased from J.T. Tai & Co., Inc., New York, NY on June 6, 1975 [3]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation


[1] The records from the Sackler Foundation lists this object as formerly in the collection of the Cranbrook Academy of Art (39.102).

[2] The J.T. dealer number is YT 6124. See invoice from J.T. Tai & Co., dated May 12, 1975, copy in object file.

[3] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Cranbrook Academy of Art
J.T. Tai & Co. established in 1950
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation founded 1965

Published References
  • Alexander Coburn Soper. A Case of Meaningful Magic: In Honor of the Ninth Presentation of the Charles Lang Freer Medal. Washington, 1990. p. 24, fig. 21.
  • Dawn Ho Delbanco. Art from Ritual: Ancient Chinese Bronze Vessels from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 10, pp. 44-45.
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 112, pp. 170-171.
  • Robert W. Bagley. Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections: Volume 1 of Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. vol. 1, Washington and Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987. cat. 47, pp. 284-287.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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