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Yu: O.186-1946

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Maker: Unknown




Yu (wine vessel) Bronze in the form of two owls back to back. On four legs, on their claws. The lid has a beak at the back end with eyes and ears, with a square knob on top. The body has wings in relief with squared scrolls and plumage. Inside, the vessel is green with an inscription, while the outside is black.


History note: Bought from Karlbeck, October 1936

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Oscar C. Raphael Bequest, 1941, received 1946

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Height: 16.5 cm
Width: 12.7 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1941) by Raphael, Oscar C.


Shang-Yin dynasty
Circa -1777 - -1122

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.186-1946
Primary reference Number: 138294
Oscar Raphael number: 112
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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