Lidded ritual wine ewer (guang) in the form of a tiger, owl, and and water bird


Historical period(s)
Early Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-1200 BCE
H x W x D: 23.5 x 31 x 11.1 cm (9 1/4 x 12 3/16 x 4 3/8 in)
China, Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel

Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), bird, casting, China, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), tiger, wine, WWII-era provenance

From at least 1937 to 1938
C.T. Loo & Company, Paris and New York from at least August 30, 1937 [1]

From 1938
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company, New York on February 4, 1938 [2]


[1] See "List of objects owned by C. T. Loo & Co., New York [and sent to] the Gallery for examination," copy in object file. According to an annotation on the list, the vessel was received from Paris on August 30, 1937.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated January 17, 1938, with an annotation that it was passed for payment on February 4, 1938. The invoice was issued by C. T. Loo's New York gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950


A metamorphic fantasy, this vessel combines actual and mythical animals. A long-necked water bird forms the handle, but its tail morphs into the neck and chest of a tiger. Its wings and feet can also combine with an owl’s head. Five pairs of dragons are loosely drawn in narrow bands.

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

Copyright with museum

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