1) Gu Vessel, 2) Jue Vessel by Unknown Artist

The bronze gu is a particularly welcomed gift, as it is one of the few classic Bronze Age vessel shapes not currently represented in the museum's collection (main illustration).


1) height: 24 cm, 2) height: 18 cm
Acquired in:
Presented by:
Irene Noel-Baker through The Art Fund

It has an obscured inscription which will hopefully be uncovered during conservation, and potentially this could create a link between this piece and other bronze vessels of the period. The jue vessel features a proto-character near the handle, which could be an invaluable tool to link this vessel with others in collections around the world. Both works are presented by Irene Noel-Baker in memory of Barbro Sonander.


Barbro Sonander, Peking circa 1953-1956; by descent to donor Irene Noel-Baker.

Venue details

Museum of East Asian Art 12 Bennett Street, BATH Somerset BA1 2QJ 01225 464640 www.meaa.org.uk

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