Yu or wine vessel with swing handle in bronze. Made in China, late 1st phase, Zhou Dynasty.
o'all h: 8 1/4 in; diam: 6 1/2 in; w: 8 1/4 in
Said to be from Anyang; Lionel Edwards collection; his sale, Sotheby's, 8 February 1945, lot 140 (illus. pl. IX), purchased by Bluett & Sons for Sir William Burrell, £300; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1945.
Sotheby & Co., 8 February 1945, Catalogue of the well-known collection of Chinese and Indian art. Property of Lionel Edwards Esq. Deceased. Sold by order of the executors, lot 140 (illus. pl. IX)
Bluett & Sons, Sales Day Book 18/292, 9 February 1945, stock no.2380: 'Bronze wine vessel, Yu, with swing handle. The cover a replacement. Shang Yin, from Anyang (Chang-te-fu). Height 8 ½” '.
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1945, p.21: ' A bronze wine vessel with swing handle (yu) with bulbous plain body and ribbed conical feet, below the handle a band of archaic fret and masks in high relief dividing a pair of archaic long tailed birds, the swing handle terminating in two Sarmatian like deer heads, is chiselled in relief with an attractive stylistic design. The cover is a reproduction. The interior with archaic characters implying "sacred vessel made for travelling". 8 1/4". Shang-Yin from Anyang (Chang-te'fu) 1766-1122BC’