Serving Vessel (Gui) Maker: Unknown

854 B.C.E.

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On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

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.




8 1/4 × 8 5/8 in. (21 × 21.9 cm)

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Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore

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Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 B.C.E.)


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

  • 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.
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 285, 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.
  • 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.
  • Phyllis Ackerman, Ritual Bronzes of Ancient China (New York: The Dryden Press, 1945), pl. 33.
  • Max Loehr, "Beitrage zur Chronologie der Älteren Chinesischen Bronzen," Ostasiatische Zeitschrift 1 (1936): NF 12, Helf 1/2, Tafel 5, Abb. 14.
  • 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.

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