Square Wine Vessel Maker: Unknown

13th–11th century B.C.E.

Asian Art




8 7/8 × 4 3/4 × 4 3/4 in. (22.5 × 12.1 × 12.1 cm)

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

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Shang dynasty (1600–1046 B.C.E.), Anyang phase (ca. 1300–1046 B.C.E.)


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Acquired by Mrs. William H. Moore (Ada Small Moore, 1858–1955), New York; bequeathed to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1955

  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 284, ill.
  • Mimi Gardner Gates, The Communion of Scholars: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New York: China House Gallery, 1982), 24–26, no. 3, pl. 61.
  • Mengjia Chen, A Corpus of Chinese Bronzes in American Collections, 1-2 (Tokyo: Kyu¯ko Shoin, 1977), 122, 209; 913, no. A644, vol. 1; vol. 2, ill.
  • Jung Keng, Shang chou i-ch'i t'ung-k'ao (The Bronzes of Shang and Chou) (Peking: Ha-fo Yen-ching she, 1973), no. 600.
  • George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 3–4, no. 3, ill.
  • Margaret T. J. Rowe, "The Moore Collections at Yale," Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 22, no. 2 (March 1956): 3.
  • Asia Society and Museum, "Oriental Art Recently Acquired by American Museums," Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America 10 (1956): 78.
  • J. LeRoy Davidson, "Three Bronzes in the Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection," Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 21, no. 2 (1955): 5, fig. 3–4.
  • Phyllis Ackerman, Ritual Bronzes of Ancient China (New York: The Dryden Press, 1945), pl. 61.
  • Florence Waterbury, Early Chinese Symbols and Literature: Vestiges and Speculations (New York: E. Weyhe, Inc., 1942), pl. 64.
  • Sueji Umehara, Kodoki keitai no kokogakuteki kenkyu (Kyoto: Toho Bunka Kenkyujo, 1940), no. 2, pl. 20.
  • Carl Hentze, Objets Rituels, Croyances, et Dieux de la Chine Antique et de l'Amerique (Antwerp, Belgium: Anvers, 1936), pls. 6a–b.
  • Alfred Salmony, "The Owl as an Ornament in Archaic Chinese Bronzes," Parnassus 6, no. 2 (1934): 23–25.
  • Sueji Umehara, Shina-kodo Seikwa (Osaka, Japan: Yamanaka & Company, 1933), pl. 42.

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