Lidded ritual food server (dou) with dragon interlace

citation

Historical period(s)
Early Warring States period, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, ca. late 5th-early 4th century BCE
Medium
Bronze with gold inlay
Dimensions
H x W x D: 15.2 x 18.8 x 14.1 cm (6 x 7 3/8 x 5 9/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1939.41a-b
On View Location
Freer Gallery 18: Art and Industry: China's Ancient Houma Foundry
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel

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

Notes:

[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

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 8, p. 41-42.
  • 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. 105, p. 539.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 30, p. 156.
  • Jenny So. Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. 3 New York, 1995. p. 42, fig. 59.
  • 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. p. 60, pl. 32.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 18.
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  • Mizuno Seiichi. In Shu seidoki to tama (alt. spelling: In-sho seidoki to gyoku) (Bronzes and Jades of Ancient China). Tokyo. pl. 137.
  • Sekai kokogaku taikei (Archaeology of the World). 16 vols., Tokyo, 1958-1962. p. 71, fig. 193.
  • Walter Karp. The Smithsonian Institution: An Establishment for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men. Washington. p. 117.
  • Jenny F. So. Bronze Styles of the Eastern Zhou Period. Ann Arbor. pl. 50a, b.
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Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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