Ritual wine warmer with taotie

citation

Historical period(s)
Late Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. early 11th century BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 24.9 x 22.6 x 13.7 cm (9 13/16 x 8 7/8 x 5 3/8 in)
Geography
China, Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1925.3
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual wine warmer

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), casting, China, mask, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), taotie, wine
Provenance

1925
Parish-Watson Company, New York 1925 [1]

From 1925
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Parish-Watson Company, New York in the spring of 1925 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Parish-Watson Company

Label

Equipping tombs and offering elaborate symbolic banquets to deceased family members were important ritual acts in ancient China. This small jue held a serving of grain wine for an honored ancestor.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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