Ritual wine cup (gu) with masks


Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Shang dynasty, ca. 12th-11th century BCE
H x W x D: 28.5 x 15.8 x 15.8 cm (11 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in)
China, Henan Province, Probably found at Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual wine cup

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

Probably found at Anyang, Henan Province, China [1]

To 1940
T. Mori, Japan to 1940

From 1940
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from T. Mori, Japan, through George Abo, Boston in 1940 [2]


[1] According to Keith Wilson's curatorial remark, dated March 2009, in database record.

[2] Undated folder sheet note. For additional information, see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

T. Mori

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. 8, p. 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. pp. 5-7, 29, pl. 10.
  • 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 464.
  • Dagny Carter. Four Thousand Years of China's Art. New York. p. 23, b.
  • Chin wen tsung chi. Taipei. p. 3359.
  • Shang Chou chin wen shi ch'eng. multi-vol., Taipei. cat. 6762.
  • Sueji Umehara. On the Ancient Tombs Discovered at Hou-chia chung, Chang-te fu, Ho-nan sheng. no. 30. pp. 18-30, pl. 5.
  • Catalogue of the Fine Collection of Important Early Chinese Bronzes and Rare Archaic Jades, Paintings, Lacquer, Textiles, Rugs, Sculpture, Chinese Ceramics and Various Works of Art: The Property of H.K. Burnet, Esq. London, April 2-4, 1941. no. 397, p. 99.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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