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The San Bo Gui, Western Zhou dynasty, early 9th century BC | 西周 公元前九世紀初 散伯簋

Important Archaic Bronzes from the Collection of Albert Y.P. and Sara K.S. Lee

The San Bo Gui, Western Zhou dynasty, early 9th century BC | 西周 公元前九世紀初 散伯簋

The San Bo Gui, Western Zhou dynasty, early 9th century BC | 西周 公元前九世紀初 散伯簋

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The San Bo Gui

Western Zhou dynasty, early 9th century BC

西周 公元前九世紀初 散伯簋

cast to the interior of the vessel and cover with a twelve-character inscription reading San Bo zuo Ze Ji bao gui qi wan nian yong yong (2)


散伯作夨姬寶簋 其萬年永用

Width 12⅞ in., 32.7 cm

In overall good condition with some minor expected age-appropriate wear. The vessel has a few tiny apertures near one handle of the vessel. The cover has a small gap and a few minor apertures to the lip. X-Ray images available upon request.


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Reputedly discovered in Fengxiang, Shaanxi Province, during the mid-Guangxu period.

Collection of a governor of Fengxiang, by 1914.

Collection of Yu Shengwu (1896-1984).

Collection of Count Antoine Seilern (1901-1978).

Christie's London, 17th June 1982, lot 6.



于省吾 (1896-1984) 收藏

Antoine Seilern 伯爵 (1901-1978) 收藏


Zou An, Zhou jinwen cun [Surviving bronze inscriptions from the Zhou dynasty], vol. 3, 1915, p. 90.1 (inscription of the vessel).

Hu Xiaoshi, Jinshi fanjinji dier [Sequel to the collection of various archaic bronzes], 1918, p. 6 (inscription of the vessel).

Luo Zhenyu, Zhensongtang jigu yiwen [Gathering of ancient writings in the Zhensongtang], vol. 5, 1930, p. 16.3 (inscription of the vessel).

Liu Chenggan, Xigulou jinshi cuibian [Catalogue of archaic bronzes from the Xigu Pavilion], vol. 3, 1933, p. 16.1 (inscription of the vessel).

Luo Zhenyu, Zhensongtang jigu yiwen xubian [Sequel to the gathering of ancient writings in the Zhensongtang], vol. 1, 1934, p. 38 (inscription of the cover).

Liu Tizhi, Xiaojiao Jingge jinwen taben [Rubbings of bronze inscriptions in the Xiaojiao Jingge], vol. 7, 1935, p. 80.8 (inscription of the cover), p. 81.1 (inscription of the vessel).

Luo Zhenyu, Sandai jijin wencun [Surviving bronze inscriptions from the Three Dynasties], vol. 7, Beijing, 1937, p. 25 lower left (inscription of the cover).

Yu Shengwu, Shuangjianyi guqiwu tulu [Catalogue of ancient objects from the Shuangjianyi], vol. 1, 1940, p. 24.

Sun Zhichu, Jinwen zhulu jianmu [Records of Bronze Inscriptions], Beijing, 1981, p. 128 (vessel and cover recorded).

Lu Liancheng and Yin Shengping, 'Gu Zeguo yizhi and mudi diaocha ji / Reconnaissance of the Sites and Tombs of the State of Ze,' Wenwu, no. 2, Beijing, 1982, p. 55 (vessel discussed).

Yan Yiping, Jinwen zongji [Corpus of bronze inscriptions], Taipei, 1983, no. 2368 top (inscription of the cover), no. 2369 bottom (inscription of the vessel).

Wu Zhenfeng, Shaanxi jinwen huibian [Corpus of bronze inscriptions from Shaanxi province], vol. 2, Xi'an, 1989, no. 149.

The Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, ed., Yinzhou jinwen jichengshiwen [Interpretations of the compendium of Yin and Zhou bronze inscriptions], vol. 3, Hong Kong, 2001, no. 3778. 

Wu Zhenfeng, Jinwen renming huibian [Compilation of the names from bronze inscriptions], Beijing, 2006, p. 310 (vessel discussed).

The Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, ed., Yinzhou jinwen jicheng [Compendium of Yin and Zhou bronze inscriptions], Beijing, 2007, no. 03778.

Wang Tao and Liu Yu, Liusan oumei yinzhou youming qingtongqi jilu / A Selection of Early Chinese Bronzes with Inscriptions from Sotheby's and Christie's Sales, Shanghai, 2007, pl. 104.

Yang Yachang, 'Zeguo yu sanguo zuxing wenti zhi bianshuo [A discussion on the family name of the states of Ze and San],' Zhongyuan wenwu / Cultural Relics of Central China, no. 5, Zhengzhou, 2007, p. 38 (vessel discussed).

Liu Yu et. al., Shangzhou jinwen zong zhulubiao [Comprehensive list of recorded Shang and Zhou bronze inscriptions], Beijing, 2008, no. 4142 (vessel and cover recorded).

Huo Yanru and Xin Yihua, Shangzhou jinwenbian. Baoji chutu qingtong qi mingwen jicheng [List of Shang and Zhou bronze inscriptions. Compendium of important inscriptions on bronzes excavated in Baoji], Xi'an, 2009, no. 663.

Yu Shengwu, Yu Shengwu zhuzuoji:Shuangjianyi guqiwu tulu [Compilation of the works by Yu Shengwu: Catalogue of ancient objects from the Shuangjianyi], Beijing, 2009, pp 53 and 54.

Wu Zhenfeng, Shang Zhou qingtong qi mingwen ji tuxiang jicheng [Compendium of important inscriptions and images of bronzes from the Shang and Zhou dynasties], vol. 9, Shanghai, 2012, no. 04653, no. 04652 right (inscription of the vessel).

Chen Yingfei, 'Qinghuajian 'Liangchen' San Yisheng yu xizhou jinwen zhong de sanshi [San Yisheng recorded in 'Liangchen' from the Qinghua Bamboo Strips and the members from the San clan in the Western Zhou inscriptions]', Chutu wenxian [Excavated Documents], Shanghai, 2016, p. 81 (vessel discussed).

Zhang Tianen, Shaanxi jinwen jicheng [Compendium of bronze inscriptions from Shaanxi], vol. 7, Xi'an, 2016, no. 0723.

Tian Shuai, 'Yi Hou Ze Gui mingwen xiangguan shidi guozu wenti bulun / A Supplementary Discussion on the Issues Raised by the Inscription of Yi-hou-ze Vessel,' Gudai wenming / The Journal of Ancient Civilizations, vol. 13, no. 1, Changchun, January 2019, p. 42 (vessel discussed).

鄒安,《周金文存》,卷3,1915年,頁90.1 (器銘)

胡小石,《金石蕃錦集第二》,1918年,頁6 (器銘)

羅振玉,《貞松堂集古遺文》,卷5,1930年,頁16.3 (器銘)

劉承幹,《希古樓金石萃編》,卷3,1933年,頁16.1 (器銘)

羅振玉,《貞松堂集古遺文續編》,卷1,1934年,頁38 (蓋銘)

劉體智,《小校經閣金文拓本》,卷7,1935年,頁80.8 (蓋銘),頁81.1 (器銘)

羅振玉,《三代吉金文存》,卷7,北京,1937年,頁25左下 (蓋銘)


孫稚雛,《金文著錄簡目》,北京,1981年, 頁128 (器及蓋記錄)

盧連成及尹盛平,〈古夨國遺址、墓地調查記〉,《文物》,期2,北京,1982年,頁55 (器論及)

嚴一萍,《金文總集》,台北,1983年,編號2368上 (蓋銘),編號2369下 (器銘)



吳鎮烽,《金文人名彙編》,北京,2006年,頁310 (器論及)



楊亞長,〈夭國與散國族姓問題之辯說〉,《中原文物》,期5,鄭州,2007年,頁38 (器論及)

劉雨等,《商周金文總著錄表》,北京,2008年,編號4142 (器及蓋記錄)



吳鎮烽,《商周青銅器銘文暨圖像集成》,卷9,上海,2012年,編號04653,編號04652右 (器銘)

陳穎飛,〈清華簡《良臣》散宜生與西周金文中的散氏〉,《出土文獻》,上海,2016年,頁81 (器論及)


田率,〈宜侯夨簋銘文相關史地國族問題補論〉,《古代文明》,卷13,期1,長春,2019年1月,頁42 (器論及)

British Museum, London, 1970-1980 (on loan).

大英博物館,倫敦,1970至1980年 (借展)