From at least 1901 to at least 1926
Qian Baoqing (active 1880s-late 1920s), Xiangyang, Hubei province, China 
From at least 1938 to 1939
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from at least November 1938 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on July 6, 1939 
 According to Liu Xinyuan, Qigushi jinwen shu (Guangxu ren yin, 1902), p. 15: 7a, the mirror was in the possession of Qian Baoqing by 1901. The mirror was published by Goto Shuichi (or Morikazu) in Kanshiki kyo (Tokyo, Yuzankaku, 1926), pp. 199-200, where it was listed as still in the Qian collection.
 See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. L 38/523: "Bronze mirror with inscriptions, Han," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. In December 1938, the object was transferred to the Freer Gallery, see "List of objects owned by C. T. Loo and Company, New York…[and] left by Mr. Loo on December 10, 1938 at the Gallery for examination," copy in object file.
 See C. T. Loo's invoice dated July 6, 1939, copy in object file.
- Previous Owner(s)
C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950
- Published References
- Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 33, p. 156.
- 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. 72, pl. 38.
- Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 23.
- Grace Dunham Guest A.G. Wenley. Annotated Outlines of the History of Chinese Arts. Washington, 1949. p. 5.
- Anneliese Bulling. The Decoration of Mirrors of the Han Period: A Chronology. no. 20 Ascona, Switzerland. fig. K.
- Suzanne Cahill. The Word Made Bronze: Inscriptions on Medieval Chinese Bronze Mirrors. vol. 39 New York and Honolulu, HI. p. 63.
- Simonetta De Vries. Recent Oriental Acquisitions by Museums. vol. 12, no. 2 New York, February 1940. p. 48.
- Regina L. Shoolman Charles E. Slatkin. The Enjoyment of Art in America: A Survey of the Permanent Collections of Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics & Decorative Arts in American and Canadian Museums: Being an Introduction to the Masterpieces of Art from Prehistoric to Modern Times. Philadelphia and New York. pl. 139.
- T'an Tan-chiung. T'ung ch'i kai shu. Taipei. pl. 174b.
- William Watson. The Art of Dynastic China. New York, 1981. ill. 285.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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