Wine flask (bianhu) with geometric decoration

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Historical period(s)
Late Warring States period, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, ca. 3rd century BCE
Medium
Bronze with silver inlay
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 31.3 x 30.5 x 11.7 cm (12 5/16 x 12 x 4 5/8 in)
Geography
China, Henan or Hebei province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1915.103a-b
On View Location
Freer Gallery 18: Art and Industry: China's Ancient Houma Foundry
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel

Keywords
casting, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), inlay, Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE), wine
Provenance

To 1915
Lai-Yuan and Company, New York to 1915 [1]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lai-Yuan and Company in 1915 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 671, Voucher No. 9, December 1915, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Lai-Yuan and Company (C.L. Freer source)

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 10, p. 46-47.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Mr. R.J. Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 101, p. 519.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 12, p.154.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 18.
  • Chen Mengjia. Yin Zhou qing tong qi fen lei tu lu (Yin-Chou ch'ing t'ung ch'i fen lei t'u lu). 2 vols., Dongjing. A 766.
  • Sigisbert Chr├ętien Bosch Reitz. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture. Exh. cat. New York. no. 338, p. 72.
  • Sueji Umehara. Shina kodo seikwa (Selected Relics of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from Collections in Europe and Asia). 3 vols., Osaka. pl. 219.
  • Osvald Siren. A History of Early Chinese Art. 4 vols., London, 1929-1930. pl. 44.
  • Sueji Umehara. On the Shapes of the Bronze Vessels of Ancient China: An Archaeological Study. Toho Bunka Gakuin kyoto kenkyujo kenkyu hohoku, vol.15 Kyoto. pl. 21, no. 2.
  • Mizuno Seiichi. In Shu seidoki to tama (alt. spelling: In-sho seidoki to gyoku) (Bronzes and Jades of Ancient China). Tokyo. pl. 146.
  • Higuchi Takayasu. Kijin to ningen no Chugoku. Tokyo. p. 35.
  • William Watson. The Art of Dynastic China. New York, 1981. no. 270.
  • Jenny F. So. Bronze Styles of the Eastern Zhou Period. Ann Arbor. pl. 62.
  • Nicole de Bisscop W.G. de Kesel. Chinees Lakwerk. Zutphen. p. 41.
  • Michael Sullivan. The Arts of China., 3rd ed. Berkeley. p. 44.
  • Liu Wang-hang. Chiu yu ch'ing t'ung chiu ch'i. No. 22 Taipei. p. 13.
  • T'an Tan-chiung. T'ung ch'i kai shu. Taipei. pl. 130b.
  • Robert Dale Jacobsen. Inlaid Bronzes of Pre-Imperial China: A Classical Tradition and Its Later Revivals. 2 vols. Ann Arbor. pl. 144.
  • Martin J. Powers. Pattern and Person: Ornament, Society, and Self in Classical China. Harvard East Asia Monographs, no. 262 Cambridge, MA. .
  • unknown. Boston, July 14, 1938. p. 8.
  • Calendar of exhibitions, the United States of America and Canada: Chinese art of the Warring States period, 480-222 B.C. vol. 13, no. 10., October 1982. p. 52.
  • Report from America: A Review on the Exhibition "Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. vol. 28, no. 4., Winter 1982-1983. pp. 384-386, fig. 1.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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