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: Ritual wine cup (zhi) with cover

Ritual wine cup (zhi) with cover

Ritual vessel
Historical period(s)
Middle or late Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 12th-11th century BCE
H x W: 19 x 8.9 cm (7 1/2 x 3 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number

From at least 1937 to 1938
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from at least November 1937 [1]

From 1938
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on February 4, 1938 [2]


[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. L 36/34: "Bronze vase with cover, light green patina, Cho[u], 6th century," with an annotation that Loo was in possession of the vessel in November 1937, Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice dated January 17, 1938, with an annotation that it was passed for payment on February 4, 1938, copy in object file. According to C. T. Loo's stockcard cited above, the vessel was sold on February 9, 1938.

Former owner
C.T. Loo & Company
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), casting, China, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), wine, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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