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Square Wine Vessel

13th–11th century B.C.E.


8 7/8 × 4 3/4 × 4 3/4 in. (22.5 × 12.1 × 12.1 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
Shang dynasty (1600–1046 B.C.E.), Anyang phase (ca. 1300–1046 B.
Containers - Other

Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York, to 1955; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Sueji Umehara, Shina-kodo Seikwa (Osaka, Japan: Yamanaka & Company, 1933), pl. 42.

Alfred Salmony, “The Owl as an Ornament in Archaic Chinese Bronzes,” Parnassus 6, no. 2 (1934): 23–25.

Carl Hentze, Objets Rituels, Croyances, et Dieux de la Chine Antique et de l’Amerique (Antwerp, Belgium: Anvers, 1936), pls. 6a–b.

Sueji Umehara, Kodoki keitai no kokogakuteki kenkyu (Kyoto: Toho Bunka Kenkyujo, 1940), no. 2, pl. 20.

Florence Waterbury, Early Chinese Symbols and Literature: Vestiges and Speculations (New York: E. Weyhe, Inc., 1942), pl. 64.

Phyllis Ackerman, Ritual Bronzes of Ancient China (New York: The Dryden Press, 1945), pl. 61.

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.

Asia Society Museum, “Oriental Art Recently Acquired by American Museums,” Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America 10 (1956): 78.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 284, ill.

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.