'you' Covered Ritual Wine Vessel With Decoration Of Confronting Birds
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
'You' Covered Ritual Wine Vessel with Decoration of Confronting Birds
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Geng Ying you
Work Type
mid Western Zhou period, 10th century BCE
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Zhou dynasty, Western Zhou period, c. 1050-771 BCE
Level 1, Room 1600, Early Chinese Art, Arts of Ancient China from the Bronze Age to the Golden Age
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Physical Descriptions
Cast bronze with blackish patina; with dedicatory inscription by Lady Geng Ying cast 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.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • (not assigned): matching dedicatory inscriptions integrally cast on both the vessel floor and lid interior; each translates:: In the King's tenth month in the third quarter on the day jichou, the King proceeded to the Temple of Geng Ying and awarded ten strings of cowries and one box (?) of cinnabar. Geng Ying in order to extol the King's graciousness had made for her accomplished mother-in-law this precious vessel. May sons and grandsons for ten thousand years and forever after treasure and use it.
[C. T. Loo & Co., New York, March 17, 1942] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (1942-1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Publication History

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, A 631

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), no. 6, 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

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

Exhibition History

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

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Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted