Ritual wine container (hu)

Historical period(s)
Eastern Zhou dynasty, ca. 5th century BCE
Bronze and copper; cast and inlaid
H x W x D: 43 x 26.3 x 25 cm (16 15/16 x 10 3/8 x 9 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel: hu

China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), wine

To 1966
C. T. Loo & Cie, Paris, France to January 1966 [1]

1966 to 1971
Jen Chai Art Gallery, New York, NY purchased from C. T. Loo & Cie on January 20, 1966 and object imported into United States on May 9, 1966 [2]

1971 to 1974
J. T. Tai & Company, New York, NY purchased from Jen Chai Art Gallery [3]

1974 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, NY purchased from J. T. Tai & Company on October 31, 1974 [4]

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift from Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [5]


[1] See Jen Chai Art Gallery, INC stock record, A-379, copy in object file. The record reports that C. T. Loo & Cie. sold the vessel to Jen Chai Art Gallery, Inc. on January 20, 1966.

[2] See stock record cited in note 1.

[3] See stock record cited in note 1.

[4] See stock record cited in note 1.

[5] 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)

Jen Chai Art Gallery
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
J.T. Tai & Co. established in 1950
C.T. Loo & Cie, Art Ancien de Chine ca. 1950-2011

Published References
  • Jenny F. So. Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. 3 New York, 1995. cat. 44, pp. 256-259.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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