Tigers, dragons, and, monsters on a Shang Dynasty Ewer


Lidded ritual ewer (guang) with taotie, dragons, birds, tigers, elephants, fish, snakes, and humans, Shang Dynasty, Middle Yangzi Valley, China, c. 1100–1050 ​B.C.E., bronze, 31.4 x 31.5 x 14.4 cm (Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer, F1961.33a-b)

A conversation with Keith Wilson, Curator of Ancient Chinese art, and Beth Harris


Additional resources

Lidded ritual ewer (guang) in Teaching China, from the National Museum of Asian Art

This work in the Collection of the National Museum of Asian Art

Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the National Museum of Asian Art

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Cite this page as: Keith Wilson, Curator of Ancient Chinese art, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian, "Tigers, dragons, and, monsters on a Shang Dynasty Ewer," in Smarthistory, May 12, 2021, accessed September 22, 2021, https://smarthistory.org/shang-dynasty-bronze-ewer/.