Basin (jian) with narrative scenes


Historical period(s)
Middle Eastern Zhou dynasty, ca. 5th century BCE
H x W: 28 x 61.4 cm (11 x 24 3/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 18: Art and Industry: China's Ancient Houma Foundry
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel

animal, bird, casting, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), fish

Siegfried Bing [1838-1905] and/or Marcel Bing [1875-1920], Paris [1]

To 1915
Lai-Yuan and Company, New York to 1915 [2]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lai-Yuan and Company in 1915 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] See Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 675, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Also, according to Curatorial Remark 10, Jenny Liu, July 28, 2006, in the object record, this object is recorded on a C.T. Loo (Lai-Yuan and Company) inventory that might provide further historical information about where the object was found. Along with the aforementioned Curatorial Remark 10, see the object file for F1961.331-b, which contains the C.T. Loo inventory note to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Meyer, dated December 10, 1915.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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)
Siegfried Bing 1838 - 1905
Marcel Bing 1875 - 1920

Published References
  • Florance Waterbury. Bird-Deities in China. Supplementum 10 Ascona, Switzerland. p. 107, pl. 28 detail.
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 6, p. 35.
  • 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. 95, p. 485.
  • Jenny So. Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. 3 New York, 1995. p. 38, fig. 48.
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  • Mizuno Seiichi Yukio Kobayashi. Zukai kokogaku jiten (Dictionary of Archaeology). Tokyo. p. 197.
  • William Willetts. Foundations of Chinese Art from Neolithic Pottery to Modern Architecture. New York, 1965. p. 117, fig. 88.
  • Charles D. Weber. Chinese Pictorial Bronze Vessels of the Late Chou Period, Part IV (of IV). vol. 30, no. 2/3 Washington and Zurich. pp. 145-214, fig. 56, 57, 69f.
  • Chugoku bijutsu (Chinese Art in Western Collections). 5 vols., Tokyo, 1972-1973. fig. 69.
  • Higuchi Takayasu. Kijin to ningen no Chugoku. Tokyo. pp. 32-33.
  • Chung-kuo tiao su shih t'u lu. Chung-kuo mei shu shih t'u lu ts'ung shu Shanghai. p. 97.
  • Sherman Lee. Early Chinese Painted Shells with Hunting Scenes. vol. 11. p. 73, fig. 5.
  • W. Perceval Yetts. A datable Shang-Yin inscription, and a letter to the editor with regard to the article., 1949. p. 81.
  • Chung-shu Hsu. Ku tai shou lieh t'u hsiang k'ao. Academia sinica: Studies presented to Ts'ai Yuan P'ei on his 65th birthday Beijing. pp. 569-617, pl. 6.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
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