Ceremonial vessel (kuei) with cover

Chinese,
Recent

Ceremonial vessel of the type “kuei,” with cover.
Color: emerald green and red patina.
Decoration: in low relief and horizontal flutings. Inscriptions inside of the vessel and the cover.

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Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 22.2 x 33.5 x 21.9 cm (8 3/4 x 13 3/16 x 8 5/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
F1911.49a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel: gui

Keywords
China
Provenance

To 1911
Riu Cheng Chai, Beijing, to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Riu Cheng Chai in 1911 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 204, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Riu Cheng Chai (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Chinese,
Recent

Ceremonial vessel of the type "kuei," with cover.
Color: emerald green and red patina.
Decoration: in low relief and horizontal flutings. Inscriptions inside of the vessel and the cover.

Inscription(s)

(From original folder sheet, Curatorial Remark #5)
"Inscription on lid and inside of vessel are same and read: 'Hsin (?)-hai (cyclical date) Chung-fu (name) makes this Chung-tun (vessel for cereals) and (name of vessel). Sons and grandsons preserve, use, and make offering with it forever.'"

Published References
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 79, p. 437.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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