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Ritual wine warmer (jia) with taotie and birds

Ritual vessel
Historical period(s)
Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1400-1250 BCE
41.8 x 21.5 x 22.3 cm
China, Yangzi River Valley
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Crested birds top the posts and bovine heads embellish the side handle. Two bands of decoration are composed of three taotie flanked by tiny dragons.

To 1907
Y. Fujita and Company, Japan, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Y. Fujita and Company, Japan in 1907 [1]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]


[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 31, pg. 21, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
C.L. Freer source: Y. Fujita and Company
On View Location
Freer, Gallery 18: Ancient Chinese Jades and Bronzes
Metalwork, Vessel
bird, casting, China, mask, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 B.C.E.), taotie
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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