Ritual food vessel (Yu)

Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1000-900 BCE
H x W x D: 19.2 x 23.8 x 20.8 cm (7 9/16 x 9 3/8 x 8 3/16 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: yu

China, food, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE)

To 1960
J.T. Tai & Co., Inc., New York, NY [1]

From at least 1960-1975
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), purchased from J.T. Tai & Co., Inc., New York, NY in 1960 [2]

The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler [3]

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


[1] The dealer number is YT 348. See documentation from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation dated April 22, 1960, copy in object file.

[2] See note 1.

[3] This was gifted by Dr. Arthur M. Sackler to the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in 1975. See documentation from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
J.T. Tai & Co. established in 1950
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation founded 1965

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. cat. 61, pp. 460-465.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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