Ritual wine vessel (zun)

Historical period(s)
Shang dynasty, ca. 11th century BCE
H x W x D: 17.6 x 19.3 x 19.3 cm (6 15/16 x 7 5/8 x 7 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel: zun

animal, China, inscription, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), wine

Charles G. Seligman (1873-1940)

Captain Dugald Malcom

Sale, London, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Works of art; early ceramics; Ming and Ch'ing porcelain, March 29, 1977, lot 9 [1]

Eskenazi Ltd., London [2]

The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, purchased from Eskenazi Ltd., London [3]

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


[1] See the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation documentation, copy in object file.

[2] Documentation from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation lists that this was previously in the collection of Eskenazi Ltd., London. The dealer number is 7741. The file contains a receipt from Eskenazi Ltd.

[3] See receipt from Eskenazi Ltd., from April 13, 1977.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Dr. Charles G. Seligman 1873-1940
Captain Dugald Malcolm English, 1917-2000
Eskenazi Ltd. Founded 1923
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation founded 1965

Published References
  • 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. 44, pp. 276-279.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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