Wine cup with ring handle, birds, animals, and grape vines

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Historical period(s)
Early Tang dynasty, late 7th century
Medium
Cast and hammered silver with chased and ring-punched decoration and mercury gilding
Dimensions
H x W: 6.4 x 7.8 cm (2 1/2 x 3 1/16 in)
Geography
China, Shaanxi province, Probably Xi’an
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1930.51
On View Location
Freer Gallery 16: Center of the World: China and the Silk Road
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Cup

Keywords
bird, casting, chasing, China, engraving, gilding, grape, hammering, rabbit, 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
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 105, p. 176.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 24.
  • Alicia Walker. Patterns of Flight: Middle Byzantine Adoptions of the Chinese Feng Huang Bird. vol. 38 Washington and Ann Arbor. p.203, fig.11.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum