Lai-Yuan and Company, New York, to 1916 
From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lai-Yuan and Company in 1916 
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Bronze List, S.I. 814, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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.
Surface: brown, black, and green patina, and vestiges of original gilding. Grayish earth incrustations.
Decoration: in relief.
Neg. No. 11371A
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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