'fangyi' Covered Ritual Wine Vessel With 'taotie' Decor
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
'Fangyi' Covered Ritual Wine Vessel with 'Taotie' Decor
Work Type
12th century BCE
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Shang dynasty, c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE
Level 1, Room 1740, Early Chinese Art, Arts of Ancient China from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age
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Physical Descriptions
Cast bronze with gray patina; with inscription cast 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)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: two ideographs integrally cast on both the vessel floor and lid interior
[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. 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), no. 4, 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

32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/01/2014

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