Lidded ritual food server (dou) with dragon interlace


Historical period(s)
Early Warring States period, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, ca. late 5th-early 4th century BCE
Bronze with gold inlay
H x W x D: 15.2 x 18.8 x 14.1 cm (6 x 7 3/8 x 5 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 18: Art and Industry: China's Ancient Houma Foundry
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel

casting, China, dragon, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), food, hammering, inlay, WWII-era provenance

From at least 1939
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from at least January 1939 [1]

From 1939
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on July 6, 1939 [2]


[1] The vessel was exhibited by Loo in January 1939, see C. T. Loo & Co., An Exhibition of Chinese Bronzes, exh. cat. (New York: C. T. Loo & Co., January 1939), cat. 32, pl. XVIII. See also Loo's stockcard no. 81579: "Food vessel and cover (tou). Highly conventionalized dragon motives in gold encircle the entire body with a leaf like decoration around the lip. Loop handles. The cover removes to form a bowl. Green patina. Late Chou Period. Height 6 in," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated July 6, 1939, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

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

Copyright with museum