Gu or wine vessel in bronze. Made in China, 1st phase, Shang or Zhou Dynasty.
h: 7 7/8 in; diam of mouth: 6 3/4 in; diam base: 4 7/8 in
Bluett & Sons, dealer; from whom purchased by Sir William Burrell, 23 October 1946, £80; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1946.
Bluett & Sons, Sales Day Book 19/170, 17 October 1946, stock no.61/58: ‘Bronze vase’.
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1946 p.60: ‘An early Chinese bronze ritual wine vessel with spreading mouth (Ts…). The interior with inscription and the exterior with bands in low relief and much covered with green patination. First stylistic phase Yin-Chou period. Height 7 3/8"’.