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Ritual Serving Vessel (Gui)

854 BCE

Bronze

8 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. (21 x 21.9 cm) 8 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. (21 x 21.9 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1954.26.2
Known as Diao Sheng Gui, this bronze is the most famous early ritual vessel in the Gallery’s collection. The remarkably preserved 104-character inscription on the interior is cast in bronze script and records the details of a business transaction, as well as gifts of silk and a jade pendant.
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Western Zhou dynasty (1050–771 BC)
Classification: 
Containers - Metal
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

C.T. Loo, New York

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.