Ritual wine container (fangyi) with masks (taotie) , dragons, and birds

Historical period(s)
early Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1250-1200 BCE
H x W x D: 18.7 × 11.3 × 8.2 cm (7 3/8 × 4 7/16 × 3 1/4 in)
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel: fangyi

Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), China, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), wine

To 1975
J.T. Tai & Co., Inc., New York, NY [1]

From 1975 to 1987
The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, purchased from J.T. Tai & Co., Inc., New York, NY on June 6, 1975 [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation


[1] The dealer number is YT 6000. See invoice from J.T. Tai & Co., dated May 12, 1975, copy in object file.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

J.T. Tai & Co. established in 1950
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation founded 1965


Inscribed on the bottom of the interior, Ge Bei Dan 戈北單 (“Infantry Officer, Head of the Northern Ward”)

Published References
  • 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. vol. 2a, p. 76, fig. 101.
  • Dawn Ho Delbanco. Art from Ritual: Ancient Chinese Bronze Vessels from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 21, pp. 66-67.
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 102, pp. 154-155.
  • Robert W. Bagley. Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections: Volume 1 of Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. vol. 1, Washington and Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987. cat. 77, pp. 428-435.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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