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The Yi Yu Gui, Western Zhou dynasty, King Zhao period, probably c. 980 BC | 西周 昭王時期 或約公元前980年 𤞷馭簋

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

The Yi Yu Gui, Western Zhou dynasty, King Zhao period, probably c. 980 BC | 西周 昭王時期 或約公元前980年 𤞷馭簋

The Yi Yu Gui, Western Zhou dynasty, King Zhao period, probably c. 980 BC | 西周 昭王時期 或約公元前980年 𤞷馭簋

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The Yi Yu Gui

Western Zhou dynasty, King Zhao period, probably c. 980 BC

西周 昭王時期 或約公元前980年 𤞷馭簋

cast to the interior with a nineteen-character inscription reading Yi Yu cong wang nan zheng fa Chujing you de yong zuo Fu Wu bao zun yi Wu


𤞷馭從王南征 伐楚荊 有得 用作父戊寶尊彝 吳

Width 12 in., 30.6 cm

One handle has been replaced, with an associated restoration to the rim, and the other handle with a restored break to the lower section. Otherwise, the vessel is in overall good condition with some expected minor age-appropriate wear, including a very minor short crack to the rim. X-Ray images available upon request.


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Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Toeg.

Sotheby's London, 3rd December 1963, lot 184.

Bluett & Son Ltd., London, 6th January 1964.

Collection of Professor Peter Plesch (1918-2013)

Sotheby's London, 20th February 1968, lot 53. 

Spink & Son Ltd., London.

Collection of a European nobleman.

Christie's London, 6th June 1994, lot 68.

Edmund Toeg 伉儷收藏


Bluett & Son Ltd.,倫敦,1964年1月6日

Peter Plesch 教授 (1918-2013) 收藏


Spink & Son Ltd.,倫敦



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Chen Chengxiu, Yiwenge jinwen [Archaic bronze inscriptions from the Yiwen Pavilion] (unpublished), compiled by 1931.

Liu Jie, 'Liangzhou jinwenci daxi shangdui [Discussion on the great corpus of bronze inscriptions of the two Zhou periods]', Bulletin of the National Library of Peiping, vol. 6, no. 3, Peiping, 1932, p. 385 (vessel recorded).

Wu Qichang, 'Jinwen yinianbiao [Possible chronology of archaic bronze inscriptions], Bulletin of the National Library of Peiping, vol. 6, no. 5, Peiping, 1932, p. 528 (vessel recorded).

Wu Kaisheng, Jijin wenlu [The record of inscriptions from archaic bronzes], vol. 3, 1933, p. 23 (vessel discussed).

Wu Qichang, Jinwen lishuo shuzheng [Critical examination of calendars in bronze inscriptions], vol. 2, Shanghai, 1934, p. 18.

Bernhard Karlgen, 'Yin and Zhou in Chinese Bronzes', Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, no. 8, Stockholm, 1935, p. 55 (vessel recorded).

Guo Moruo, Liang Zhou jinwenci daxi tulu kaoshi [Illustrated record and investigation of the great corpus of bronze inscriptions of the two Zhou periods], Tokyo, 1935, lubian, p. 26.

Ke Changji, Weihuage jigulu bawei [Records of ancient works from the Weihua Pavilion], ji, 1935, p. 18 (vessel discussed).

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Yan Yiping, Jinwen zongji [Corpus of bronze inscriptions], Taipei, 1983, no. 2543.

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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. 3976.

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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. 10, Shanghai, 2012, no. 04895.

Zhao Qingmiao, 'Zhaowang nanzheng er bufu zhi lice / A Conquest of Failure to the South in King of Zhao during Western Zhou dynasty,' Xueshu yuekan / Academic Monthly, no. 5, Shanghai, 2015, p. 152 (vessel recorded).

Wang Qi, 'Xizhou zaoqi nanzheng qingtongqiqun ji xiangguan shishi kaocha [A survey of the bronze group relating to the south expeditions from the early Western Zhou and the related history],' Chutu wenxian / Excavated Documents, no. 2, Shanghai, 2016, p. 43 (vessel recorded).


鮑鼎,《國朝金文著錄表補遺》,卷上,1931年,頁38 (器記錄)

陳承修,《猗文閣金文》 (未印稿本),至1931年已集成

劉節,〈兩周金文辭大系商兌〉,《國立北平圖書館館刊》,卷6,號3,北平,1932年,頁385 (器記錄)

吳其昌,〈金文疑年表〉,《國立北平圖書館館刊》,卷6,號5,北平,1932年,頁528 (器記錄)

吳闓生,《吉金文錄》,卷3,1933年,頁23 (器論及)


高本漢,〈 Yin and Zhou in Chinese Bronzes〉,《遠東古物博物館館刊》,期8,斯德哥爾摩,1935年,頁55 (器記錄)


柯昌濟,《韡華閣集古錄跋尾》,己篇,1935年,頁18 (器論及)





孫稚雛,《金文著錄簡目》,北京,1981年, 頁138,編號2335 (器記錄)






劉禮堂,〈關於周昭王南征江漢地區有關問題的探討〉,《江漢考古》,期3,武漢,2000年,頁69 (器記錄)



彭裕商,《西周青銅器年代綜合研究》,成都,2003年,頁267 (器記錄)

楊寬,《西周史》,上海,2003年,頁557 (器記錄)


吳鎮烽,《金文人名彙編》,北京,2006年,頁282 (器論及)



劉雨等,《商周金文總著錄表》,北京,2008年,編號4355 (器記錄)

何景成,《商周青銅器族氏銘文研究》,濟南,2009,頁305 (器記錄)



趙慶淼,〈“昭王南征而不复”之蠡測〉,《學術月刊》,期5,上海,2015年,頁152 (器記錄)

王祁,〈西周早期南征青銅器群及相關史實考察〉,《出土文獻》,期2,上海,2016年,頁43 (器記錄)

Exhibition of Early Chinese Bronzes, Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1951, cat. no. 34.

《Exhibition of Early Chinese Bronzes》,東方陶瓷學會,倫敦,1951年,編號34