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Covered Ritual Wine Vessel (Fangyi) with 'Taotie' Decor

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Covered Ritual Wine Vessel (Fangyi) with 'Taotie' Decor, 12th century BCE
Vessel
Chinese
,
12th century BCE
Shang dynasty, c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE
Creation Place: China
Cast bronze with gray patina; with ideographs inscribed on both the vessel floor and lid interior
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)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
, 1943.52.109.A-B
Description
Cast bronze with gray patina; with ideographs inscribed on both vessel and lid interior
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.
Bibliography
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

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