Door handle in the form of a dragon mask and a ring


Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, 618-907
Bronze with gilding
H x W: 35.1 x 21.8 cm (13 13/16 x 8 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Architectural Element, Metalwork

Door handle

casting, China, dragon, gilding, mask, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)

To 1915
Lai-Yuan and Company, New York to 1915 [1]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lai-Yuan and Company in 1915 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 673, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Lai-Yuan and Company (C.L. Freer source)

Published References
  • Sigisbert Chr├ętien Bosch Reitz. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture. Exh. cat. New York. pl. 343.
  • Alfred Salmony. Le mascaron et l'anneau sur les pendentifs et les appliques dans l'art chinois. vol. 8, no. 3 Paris. pl. 59.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum