Chinese - Gu, 12th century BC


Gu, 12th century BC

Bronze, 26.5 x 15.6 cm (10 7/16 x 6 1/8 in.)


Object details

Accession number



Stolen in 1990.


Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from Parish-Watson & Co., New York for $17,500, through Denman Ross (1853-1935), art collector and design theorist, on 14 December 1922.
Stolen in 1990.

Dimension Notes

Weight: 1.114 kg (2 lbs. 7 oz.)


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“Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 8, no. 41 (13 Jun. 1965), p. 2.
Yasuko Horioka. "Chinese Sculpture-III." Fenway Court (Jun. 1970), pp. 33-40, nos. 1, 3.
George L. Stout. Treasures from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1969), p. 158, ill.
Yasuko Horioka et al. Oriental and Islamic Art: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1975), pp. 4-8, no. 1, ill.
Rollin van N. Hadley. Museums Discovered: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1981), pp. 194-95, ill.
Michelle C. Wang et al. A Bronze Menagerie: Mat Weights of Early China. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2006), p. 20, fig. 3.
Alan Chong and Noriko Murai. Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2009), pp. 54-55 fig. 6, 439.

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