Wine Container (Fuji zun)

Historical period(s)
Shang or Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BCE
H x W x D: 26.3 x 21.1 x 21.1 cm (10 3/8 x 8 5/16 x 8 5/16 in)
China, Hebei province
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel: zun

China, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), wine

By 1948 to 1967
Private Collector, New York, NY acquired in China before 1948 [1]

Sale, New York, Parke-Bernet galleries, Oriental Art, December 14-15, 1967, lot 176: "Archaic Bronze Beaker (Tsun)" [2]

To 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, NY [3]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift from Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [4]


[1] See Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Oriental Art, sale cat. (New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, December 14 -- 15, 1967), p. 24, lot 177. The catalogue states this object is "the property of a New York Private Collector" and that his objects were "collected in China before 1948."

[2] See note 2

[3] The date Arthur M. Sackler purchased this object remains unknown. The means in which he acquired the object also remains unknown. This object was part of his initial 1987 gift to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, see note 5.

[4] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Published References
  • Oriental Art. New York, December 15-16, 1967. lot 176, p. 24.
  • Dawn Ho Delbanco. Art from Ritual: Ancient Chinese Bronze Vessels from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 33, pp. 90-91.
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 114, p. 173.
  • Jessica Rawson. Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. 2 Washington and Cambridge, Massachusetts. cat. 78, pp. 544-547.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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