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Ritual Serving Vessel (Gui)

854 B.C.E.

Bronze

8 1/4 × 8 5/8 in. (21 × 21.9 cm) 8 1/4 × 8 5/8 in. (21 × 21.9 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1954.26.2
The long, remarkably preserved 104-character inscription on the interior indicates that this bronze vessel was cast as part of a set, which was produced during property negotiations between an individual called Diao Sheng and some of his patrilineal relatives after the death of his father. Diao is a reference to his mother’s family. The sweeping serpentine forms on the surface of the bronze are typical of vessels cast in Shaanxi Province, as are the phoenix-headed handles.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 B.C.E.)
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Provenance: 

C.T. Loo and Co., New York; Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

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.10.

Max Loehr, “Beitrage zur Chronologie der Älteren Chinesischen Bronzen,” Ostasiatische Zeitschrift 1 (1936): NF 12, Helf 1/2, Tafel 5, Abb. 14.

Dr. Phyllis Ackerman, Ritual Bronzes of Ancient China (New York: The Dryden Press, 1945), pl. 33.

George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 121–122, no. 237, ill.

Mimi Gardner Gates, The Communion of Scholars: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New York: China House Gallery, 1982), 34–35, no. 7, ill.

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

David Ake Sensabaugh, The Scholar as Collector: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2004), no. 6, fig. 11, 42.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.