Wine vessel (zun)


Historical period(s)
Shang dynasty, ca. 12th-11th century BCE
H x W: 29.7 x 23.1 cm (11 11/16 x 9 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel

casting, China, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance

From 1941 to 1943
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from November 1941 [1]

From 1943
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on December 8, 1943 [2]


[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 87477: "Bronze Tsun relief [masks]. Shang," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated December 8, 1943, 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. 13, p. 85.
  • Grace Dunham Guest A.G. Wenley. Annotated Outlines of the History of Chinese Arts. Washington, 1949. p. 1.
  • 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. .
  • Chin wen tsung chi. Taipei. p. 2368.
  • Bernhard Karlgren. Marginalia on Some Bronze Albums II. no. 32 Stockholm. p. 10, pl. 15b.
  • Sueji Umehara. In-kyo (Yin hsu: Ancient Capital of the Shang Dynasty at An-yang). Tokyo. pl. 87.
  • A.G. Wenley Dr. John Alexander Pope. China. War Background Study, no. 20 Washington. pl. 25.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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