Mirror with Daoist deities


Historical period(s)
Eastern Han dynasty, 202 CE
Diam x D: 13.5 x 0.9 cm (5 5/16 x 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Mirror


casting, China, Daoism, Eastern Han dynasty (25 - 220), inscription, WWII-era provenance

From at least 1935 to 1936
C.T. Loo & Company, Paris and New York from at least May 16, 1935 [1]

From 1936
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on March 3, 1936 [2]


[1] See "List of objects owned by C. T. Loo, New York and [sent to] the Gallery for examination," with annotation that the object was received from Paris on May 16, 1935, copy in object file.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice dated March 3, 1936, copy in object file. See also C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 85116, Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

Published References
  • compiled by the staff of the Freer Gallery of Art. A Descriptive and Illustrative Catalogue of Chinese Bronzes: Acquired During the Administration of John Ellerton Lodge. Oriental Studies Series, no. 3 Washington, 1946. p. 74, pl. 39.
  • Suzanne Cahill. The Word Made Bronze: Inscriptions on Medieval Chinese Bronze Mirrors. vol. 39 New York and Honolulu, HI. p. 64.
  • Memoires Historiques de Se-Ma Ts'ien. 5 vols., Paris, 1895-1905. pp. 15, 17-19.
  • and Publisher New Orient Society of America. Oriental Art in America: Recent Accessions in American Museums. Chicago. pl. 33.
  • Arthur Pontynen. The Early Development of Taoist Art. Ann Arbor, 1985. p. 204.
  • Smithsonian Institution. Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, 1935. Washington, 1935-1936. appendix 3, pl. 1.
  • Smithsonian Institution. Report of the Secretary, 1935. Washington, 1935-1936. pl. 1.
  • Alexander Coburn Soper. Life Motion and the Sense of Space in Early Chinese Representational Art. vol. 30, no. 3 New York. pp. 170-173, fig. 2.
  • Kenzo Tomioka. Kokyo no Kenkyu. Kyoto. p. 62, pls. 11, 32.
  • Sueji Umehara. Shina kodo seikwa (Selected Relics of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from Collections in Europe and Asia). 3 vols., Osaka. pl. 95b.
  • William Watson. The Art of Dynastic China. New York, 1981. ill. 287.
  • A. E. K. Cull, James K. Cull, W. Perceval Yetts. The Cull Chinese Bronzes. London. p. 120 ff.
  • James Legge. unknown title. vol. 27 Oxford. pp. 249-310.
  • unknown title. no. 4 Stockholm. pp. 115-116, pl. 1, 31.
  • Paul Pelliot. unknown title. Leiden. pp. 455-456.
  • Li Song. A History of Chinese Daoist Art. China. .
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum