Covered Ritual Wine Vessel (You) with Decoration of Confronting Birds

Rubbing of inscription on lid

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Front view

Detail of inscription on lid

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Covered Ritual Wine Vessel (You) with Decoration of Confronting Birds, mid Western Zhou period, 10th century BCE
Alternate Title: Geng Ying you
10th century BCE
Zhou dynasty, Western Zhou period, c. 1050-771 BCE
Creation Place: China
Cast bronze with blackish patina; with a dedication by Lady Geng Ying inscribed on both the vessel floor and lid interior
H. 29 x W. 18.8 x D. 17.7 cm (11 7/16 x 7 3/8 x 6 15/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
, 1943.52.107
signed: inscription
[C. T. Loo & Co., New York, March 17, 1942] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (1942-1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Dorothy W. Gillerman, Gridley McKim-Smith and Joan R. Mertens, Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1969), no. 037, pp. 34-35

Chen Mengjia, Yin Zhou qingtongqi fenlei tulu (A corpus of Chinese bronzes in American Collections), 1977

Max Loehr, "Aesthetic Delight: An Anthology of Far Eastern Art", Apollo (New Series), Apollo Publications Inc. (London, England, May 1978), vol. CVII, no. 195, pp. 414-421, p. 414, fig. 1

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), Cat. #06 / p. 16

Jessica Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections (Volume IIB), Arthur M. Sackler Foundation and Arthur M. Sackler Museum (Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, Mass., 1990), p. 429, fig. 53.7

Exhibition History
Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 11/23/2008