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Ritual Food Vessel (Gui)

11th–10th century B.C.


12 1/2 × 14 × 7 1/8 in. (31.8 × 35.6 × 18.1 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
The use of bases to support vessels is characteristic of the changes in bronze casting that occurred during the Western Zhou dynasty, when new shapes and designs replaced those from the earlier Shang period. A lozenge pattern in low relief, several birds, and raised knobs fill the surface of this vessel, while baroque animal faces embellish the handles on either side.
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Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 B.C.E.)

C.T. Loo (Ching Tsai Loo, dealer, 1880–1957), New York; sold to Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York, by 1954; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1954


Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 285, ill.

George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 121, no. 236, ill.

Tch’ou To-yi and Paul Pelliot, Bronzes antiques de la Chine appartenant a C. T. Loo et cie (Paris: G. Van Oest, 1924), pl. 4, ill.

Sueji Umehara, Shina-kodo Seikwa (Osaka, Japan: Yamanaka & Company, 1933), 1,2, pl. 105, ill.

Phyllis Ackerman, Ritual Bronzes of Ancient China (New York: The Dryden Press, 1945), pl. 30.

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