Ritual wine cup (gu) with masks, dragons, and snakes


Historical period(s)
Middle Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 12th century BCE
H x W: 32.6 x 19.1 cm (12 13/16 x 7 1/2 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

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

To 1951
J. T. & Tai & Co., New York, New York. [1]

From 1951
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from J. T. & Tai & Co., New York, New York. [2]


[1] See object file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

J. T. Tai & Co. established in 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. 10, p. 69.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 1, p. 153.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 11.
  • Chin wen tsung chi. Taipei. p. 3293.
  • Chinese Art Recently Acquired by American Museums. vol. 6 Honolulu. p. 67, fig. 9.
  • The Horizon Book of the Arts of China. New York. p. 45.
  • Liu Wang-hang. Chiu yu ch'ing t'ung chiu ch'i. No. 22 Taipei. p. 15.
  • Shang Chou chin wen shi ch'eng. multi-vol., Taipei. cat. 6541.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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