Hinged cosmetic box in the form of a clam’s shell with birds and floral scrolls

citation

Historical period(s)
Early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th-early 8th century
Medium
Silver
Dimensions
H x W x D: 4.6 x 9.3 x 8.2 cm (1 13/16 x 3 11/16 x 3 1/4 in)
Geography
China, Shaanxi province, Probably Xi’an
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1930.50a-b
On View Location
Freer Gallery 16: Center of the World: China and the Silk Road
Classification(s)
Container, Metalwork
Type

Box

Keywords
China, engraving, repousse, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
Provenance

1930
Yamanaka and Company, Boston 1930 [1]

From 1930
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, Boston in 1930 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co.

Published References
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 24.
  • Bo Gyllensvard The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. T'ang Gold and Silver. no. 29 Stockholm. cat. 292, pl. 10a.
  • Clarence W. Kelley. Chinese Gold and Silver in American Collections: A.D. 618-907. Exh. cat. Dayton, OH, November 10, 1984 - January 6, 1985. .
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum