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Covered Vessel

Period:
Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1046 B.C.)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm); W. 4 3/4 in. (12 cm); L. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1943
Accession Number:
43.26a, b
Not on view
Inscription: Two character inscription, one underneath the other. The first is not identified, the second is probably Geng. Kümmel says (See Refs.) that the inscription is supposed to prove that the vessel was made for a member of the house of Qi in Shandong. He also says that the second character gêng was "one of the ten trees which were used as names in Shang and Zhou."
Ronggeng. Jin wen bian. Vol. 3, Zhüan 14, p. 22 a,b

Inscribed
(inside body, two characters, one underneath the other) first character not identified, the second probably Geng (see refs. Kümmel and Geng).
[ Edgar Worch , New York, until 1943; sold to MMA]
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