Lidded ritual ewer (huo) in the form of an elephant with masks and dragons

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Historical period(s)
ca. first half 11th century BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 17.2 x 10.7 x 21.4 cm (6 3/4 x 4 3/16 x 8 7/16 in)
Geography
China, Middle Yangzi Valley
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1936.6a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), casting, China, dragon, elephant, mask, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), wine, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1936
Yamanaka and Company, Boston. [1]

From 1936
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, Boston. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co.

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Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
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