Ornament with a bear head

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Historical period(s)
Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
Medium
Bronze with gilding
Dimensions
H x W: 3.2 x 3.8 cm (1 1/4 x 1 1/2 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1915.205
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork
Type

Ornament

Keywords
bear, casting, China, gilding, Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE)
Provenance

To 1915
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), New York, NY, to 1915 [1]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Abel William Bahr, New York, in 1915 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 768, pg. 196, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) was a collector and dealer born in Shanghai, China. After he left Shanghai in 1910, he lived, at various points in time, in London, Montreal, and Ridgefield, Connecticut. He established a gallery in New York City in 1920.

[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
Abel William Bahr (C.L. Freer source) 1877-1959

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum