Ritual grain server () with masks and dragons

citation

Historical period(s)
Early Western Zhou dynasty, ca. late 11th century BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 41.8 x 56.8 x 48 cm (16 7/16 x 22 3/8 x 18 7/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1937.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel

Keywords
bird, casting, China, dragon, mask, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1937
Tonying and Company, New York. [1]

From 1937
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Tonying and Company, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Tonying and Company

Published References
  • 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. 60, p. 337.
  • Jessica Rawson. Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. 2 Washington and Cambridge, MA. p. 92, fig. 136.
  • compiled by the staff of the Freer Gallery of Art. A Descriptive and Illustrative Catalogue of Chinese Bronzes: Acquired During the Administration of John Ellerton Lodge. Oriental Studies Series, no. 3 Washington, 1946. pp. 4, 42, pl. 25.
  • Grace Dunham Guest A.G. Wenley. Annotated Outlines of the History of Chinese Arts. Washington, 1949. p. 4.
  • 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 813.
  • Chin wen tsung chi. Taipei. p. 3784.
  • Howard F. Collins. Decor, Function, and Contour in Early Chinese Bronzes. vol. 12, no. 2 London, Summer 1966. p. 116, fig. 8.
  • The Encyclopedia of World Art. 17 vols., New York, 1959-1968. pl. 224.
  • Keng Jung Chang Wei. Yin Chou ch'ing t'ung ch'i t'ung lun (A Survey of Shang-Chou Bronzes). Peking. cat. 276.
  • Whitney N. Morgan. Museum Acquisitions. vol. 10, no. 1 New York, January 1938. p. 26.
  • Sekai kokogaku taikei (Archaeology of the World). 16 vols., Tokyo, 1958-1962. pl. 74.
  • Shang Chou chin wen shi ch'eng. multi-vol., Taipei. cat. 76774.
  • Smithsonian Institution. Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, 1937. Washington, 1937-1938. pl. 1.
  • 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. 2, fig. 1.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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