Square lidded ritual wine warmer (fangjia) with taotie and dragons

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Historical period(s)
Late Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1200-1050 BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W: 40.6 x 25.1 cm (16 x 9 7/8 in)
Geography
China, Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1935.12a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel

Keywords
casting, China, dragon, mask, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), taotie, wine, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1935
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from at least January 5, 1935 [1]

From 1935
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company, New York on March 13, 1935 [2]

Notes:

[1] See Approval Memo with annotation: "Brought in by C. T. Loo's nephew," dated January 5, 1935, in object file. The object is described as discovered at Zhangde Fu in Henan province.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice dated March 13, 1935, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

Label

Taotie appear on the body, posts, and lid of this fangjia. Cicadas decorate the neck, and pairs of dragons form the legs.

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

Copyright with museum