Mirror

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Mirror: chien.
Surface: leaded gray patina, with green and brown incrustation.
Decoration: in low relief. Bronze. Chinese, T’ang.

Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, 618-907
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Diam x D: 9.9 x 0.8 cm (3 7/8 x 5/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1916.221
On View Location
Currently not on view
Type

Mirror

Provenance

To 1916
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), New York, NY, to 1916 [1]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Abel William Bahr, New York, 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. 862, 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.

Description

Mirror: chien.
Surface: leaded gray patina, with green and brown incrustation.
Decoration: in low relief. Bronze. Chinese, T'ang.

Label

1. Purchased from A. W. Bahr, New York. For price, see S.I. 862, Original Bronze List.

2. Original attribution: Chinese. T'ang. See further, S.I. 862, Appendix VII, and Miscellaneous Envelope File.

3. (C. L. Freer) Sung copy of a T'ang design. See S.I. 863, an original T'ang specimen, and compare with S.I. 868, another Sung copy of a T'ang design.

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

5. (J. Smith per Stephen Allee, 8/14/2008) Primary classification: Metalwork; secondary classification: Mirror.

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