Ritual grain server (gui) with masks and dragons


Historical period(s)
Late Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 12th-11th century BCE
H x W: 13.9 x 21.2 cm (5 1/2 x 8 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), casting, China, dragon, grain, mask, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance

In 1941
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from April 1941 [1]

From 1941
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on June 18, 1941 [2]


[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 87101: "Bronze vessel. Kuei. decorated around foot and neck with bands of running dragons separated by flanges. and a register of triangles with cicadas in relief under the rim on the body broad t'ao t'ieh masks. All motives [?] with spirals. deeply carved spiral background. Grey green patina. Inscribed. Shang," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. The object was brought by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination on April 29, 1941.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated June 18, 1941, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

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. 61, p. 343.
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Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
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