Covered Ritual Wine Vessel (Fangyi) With 'taotie' Decor
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.52.109.A-B
Title
Covered Ritual Wine Vessel (Fangyi) with 'Taotie' Decor
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
12th century BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Shang dynasty, c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Location
Level 1, Room 1740, Early Chinese Art
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Cast bronze with gray patina; with ideographs inscribed on both the vessel floor and lid interior
Dimensions
H. 30.2 x W. 20.1 x D. 17.6 cm (11 7/8 x 7 15/16 x 6 15/16 in.)
Weight: 6020.02 g (lid 2476.33 g, vessel 3543.69 g)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: inscription
  • inscription: Inscribed with two pictograms
Provenance
[C. T. Loo & Co., New York, March 17, 1942] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (1942-1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.52.109.A-B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Cast bronze with gray patina; with ideographs inscribed on both vessel and lid interior
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. 036, pp. 32-33

Chen Mengjia, Yin Zhou qingtongqi fenlei tulu (A corpus of Chinese bronzes in American Collections), 1977, A 639

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. #04 / p. 14

Robert W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Arthur M. Sackler Foundation and Arthur M. Sackler Museum (Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, Mass., 1987), p. 105, fig. 131; p. 131, fig. 198

Robert W. Bagley, Art and Archaeology of the Erligang Civilization, ed. Kyle Steinke and Dora C. Y. Ching, P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art (Princeton, NJ, 2014), pp. 20, 22, fig. 6

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