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The Ju Fu Ding You, Early Western Zhou dynasty | 西周初 舉父丁卣

The Ju Fu Ding You, Early Western Zhou dynasty | 西周初 舉父丁卣

The Ju Fu Ding You, Early Western Zhou dynasty | 西周初 舉父丁卣

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The Ju Fu Ding You

Early Western Zhou dynasty

西周初 舉父丁卣

cast to the interior of the vessel and cover with a three-character inscription reading Ju Fu Ding (2)


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Height 8⅝ in., 21.8 cm

The vessel has a small minor impact area and a few small minor patches of surface restoration to the body. The cover is in overall good condition. Both the vessel and cover have some expected minor age-appropriate wear. X-Ray images available upon request.


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In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.


Private Collection.

John Sparks Ltd., London, 1954.

Collection of H.G.W. Peters.

Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1999.

Collection of John J. Studzinski (b. 1956).

Eskenazi Ltd., London, 2014.

The Meiyintang Collection.


John Sparks Ltd.,倫敦,1954年

H.G.W. Peters 收藏


John J. Studzinski (1956年生) 收藏



Zhong Baisheng, Chen Zhaorong, and Huang Mingchong, et al., ed., Xinshou Yin Zhou qingtongqi mingwen ji qiying huibian [Compendium of inscriptions and images of recently included bronzes from Yin and Zhou dynasties], Taipei, 2006, no. 1911.

Wu Zhenfeng, Shang Zhou qingtongqi mingwen ji tuxiang jicheng [Compendium of inscriptions and images of bronzes from Shang and Zhou dynasties], vol. 21, Shanghai, 2012, no. 12067.



A Small Exhibition of Fine Early Chinese Bronzes, John Sparks Ltd., London, 1954, cat. no. 3.

Ancient Chinese Bronzes from an English Private Collection, Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1999, cat. no. 8.

《A Small Exhibition of Fine Early Chinese Bronzes》,John Sparks Ltd.,倫敦,1954年,編號3

《Ancient Chinese Bronzes from an English Private Collection》,埃斯卡納齊,倫敦,1999年,編號8

This bronze vessel, known as the Ju Fu Ding You, is well-proportioned and delicately cast with narrow bands of intricate designs. The three-character inscription on this piece can be translated to 'Father Ding of the Ju clan'. As evidenced by the volume of unearthed bronzes bearing this name, Ju was one of the largest clans active since the Shang dynasty (c. 1600-1046 BC). Although a gradual evolution of the pictogram Ju over the years can be observed, at least 168 bronzes were inscribed with the type of pictogram as can be seen on the present piece (see He Jingcheng, Shangzhou qingtongqi zushi mingwen yanjiu [Study of the clan pictograms on the bronzes from the Shang and Zhou dynasties], Jinan, 2009, pp 75, 328-32, appendix A001). Vessels of this type were used as wine containers in ancestral rituals during the Shang and Western Zhou (c. 1046-771 BC) periods.

At least three bronze you with lid and shoulder adorned with closely related triple bands appear to be recorded: a vessel from the Avery Brundage Collection in the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (accession no. B60B82), with a handle terminating in rhinoceros heads, illustrated in René-Yvon Lefebvre D'Argencé, Bronze Vessels of Ancient China in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1977, pl. XXXV (right); another you with a five-character inscription, also with a handle ending with two animal heads, formerly in the collection of Sir Herbert Ingram, sold in our London rooms, 14th December 1982, lot 6, and now in the Meiyintang Collection, illustrated in Wang Tao, Chinese Bronzes from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 2009, pl. 30; and a further inscribed and handled you of larger scale, measuring 38.7cm in height, excavated in 1955 from Hejiacun, Qishan county, Shaanxi province, illustrated in Jessica Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, Washington D.C., 1990, p. 480, fig. 64.2.

The same inscription appears on a few other you of different form. See two examples: one of cylindrical shape, excavated in 1998 from the tomb in Qianzhangda, Tengzhou, Shangdong province, now in Tengzhou Museum, illustrated in Tengzhou Qianzhangda mudi / The tomb of Qianzhangda in Tengzhou, Beijing, 2005, p. 283; another of a similar silhouette to the present piece, but with an additional spout, sold in our London rooms, 14th March 1972, lot 8, and now in the Meiyintang Collection, illustrated in Wang Tao, op.cit., pl. 31.