Hu (Chinese vessel type)
Late Zhou Dynasty - Warring States
'Chen Zhang' fanghu. Bronze four sided fanghu, or square jar, inlaid with green malachite in a delicate pattern; much of the malachite now lost. Two bronze ring handles held in the mouths of archaic monster masks (taotie) modelled in low relief on each side of the vessel. An ancient graffito of 29 characters engraved just above the base records the capture of the vessle by Chen Zhang (also known as Tian Zhang, Zhangzi, and Kuang Zhang) as booty from an attack on the state of Yan in 315 BC.
Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1916
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
Discovering the Past: Highlights from the University Museum (IBM) (20 Jun 1989 - 20 Aug 1989)
Chinese Bronze and Metal-Working (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jan 1987 - Feb 1988)
Chinese Bronze and Jade (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jul 2001)
[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects. : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 104 Middle row, left
[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95.
[Article] Mattos, Gilbert L. & Hua, Yang. 2001. "The Chen Zhang Fanghu". Orientations. 32 (2): 57.
[Book] Kominami, I. 1985. Studies on Unearthed Objects.
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum.
[Book] Watson, William. 1979. Art of Dynastic China. 633.
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3)
[Catalogue] 1938. Chinese bronzes of the Shang (1766-1122 B.C.) through the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906) : an exhibition lent by American collectors and museums and shown in gallery D6 from October 19 through November 27.
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1935. The Museum's Loan to Burlington House ( for International Exhibition of Chinese Art held in London 1935-36). The University Museum Bulletin. 6 (1)
[Catalogue] Royal Academy of Arts. 1935. Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art.
[Article] Andersson, Johan G. 1935. The Goldsmith in Ancient China. The Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. No. 7
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