Spouted Wine Vessel (Gong), Bronze, China

西周 青銅觥
Spouted Wine Vessel (Gong)

Period:
early Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 B.C.)
Date:
mid-10th century B.C.
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); D. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1943
Accession Number:
43.24.6a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
A composite character is cast on the interior of the vessel and on the inside of the lid: “Fu” (name, in the center) and “mian” (designation of rank, on either side).
Inscription: A composite character is cast on the floor of the vessel and on the inside of the lid: "Fu" (name in the center) and "mian" (designation of rank, on either side).
Reportedly Henan Province

[ Tonying & Co. , New York, until 1943; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.