"Gu" wine vessel - ROM2005_3551_3


"Gu" wine vessel

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Reportedly from Anyang, Henan province, China
Date: 12th-mid 11th century BC
Period: Shang Dynasty
26.1 cm
Object number: 933.12.56
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionThese gu belong to a group of vessels, weapons, and chariot fittings that are known as "The Elephant Tomb" group because of the elephant motif that appears on several of the objects. Apparently they came from a site near Dasikongcun in the vicinity of Anyang. Not all the objects associated with the group came to the Royal Ontario Museum. For example, a gong with an elephant head on the lid is now in the Hakutsuru Museum in Kobe, Japan, and a pair of yu were acquired by the English collector Sir Neil Malcolm. The pair of gu are almost identical, although there are minor differences in their dimensions. The foot sections are cast in openwork, a most unusual feature for this period. A study of a number of similar gu concluded that because of the unique treatment of the foot sections and the overall similarity of size, choice, and arrangement of design elements, they were probably all made in the same workshop by the same master craftsman.
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