Finial with hills and animals (boshan)

citation

Staff cap.
Surface: brown, black, and green patina, and vestiges of original gilding. Grayish earth incrustations.
Decoration: in relief.

Neg. No. 11371A

Historical period(s)
Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W: 7 x 4.8 cm (2 3/4 x 1 7/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1916.21
On View Location
Currently not on view
Type

Ornament

Provenance

To 1916
Lai-Yuan and Company, New York, to 1916 [1]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lai-Yuan and Company in 1916 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 814, 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.

Description

Staff cap.
Surface: brown, black, and green patina, and vestiges of original gilding. Grayish earth incrustations.
Decoration: in relief.

Neg. No. 11371A

Label

1. Purchased from Lai-yuan and Company, New York. For price, see S.I. 814, original Bronze list.

2. Original attribution: Chinese, Sung. See further, S.I. 814, Appendix VII, and miscellaneous envelope file.

3. (C.L.F., undated) The design is Han, and it may have been a stopper for some bronze jar or bottle of that period, but the character expressed in the animal heads is much more like Sung craftsmanship in bronze.

4. (H.E. Buckman, 1964) The Envelope file contained no further information, and has now been destroyed.

5. (T. Lawton, 1972) Han, 2nd century B.C.

7. (S. Kitsoulis per Keith Wilson, 10 July 2010) Object name changed from "Staff cap" to "Ornament"; Title changed from "Staff cap" to "Finial with hills and animals (boshan)."

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