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Bronze ritual vessel

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Bronze ritual vessel

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Gui or food vessel in bronze. Made in China, 1st phase, Shang Yin Dynasty.

Measurements:
h: 5 3/8 in; w across handles: 11 1/4 in; diam mouth: 7 3/4 in

Provenance:
Said to be from Loyang; Bluett & Sons, dealer; from whom purchased by Sir William Burrell, 4 November 1943, for £140; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1944.

Manuscript sources
Bluett & Sons, Sales Day Book 18/142, 21 October 1943, commission ref. DP133: ‘Bronze Ku’
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1943 p.68: ‘A shallow two handled bronze vessel for cereals (kuei). The handles formed as monster heads; the body with a central band of t'ao t'ieh design between an upper and a lower band of horizontal dragons. Glossy grey-green patination with some malachite encrustation. First Stylistic Phase 1766BC to c.950BC. From Loyang (Honan). Height 5 1/4" x 11 1/4"’.

Additional Images:

Dealer label
Dealer label

What:
8_4, bronzes, gui

Who:
Dealer, Bluett & Sons

Where:
Said to be from Loyang (Honan)

Dates:
Sold by Bluett & Sons 1943.

Periods:
EARLY DYNASTIES
Shang, c.1700-1027 BC

Design © HATII 2003