Mirror with stylized feline masks


Historical period(s)
Eastern Han dynasty, 174 CE
Diam x D: 18.3 x 1.5 cm (7 3/16 x 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Mirror


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

From at least 1901 to at least 1926
Qian Baoqing (active 1880s-late 1920s), Xiangyang, Hubei province, China [1]

From at least 1938 to 1939
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from at least November 1938 [2]

From 1939
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on July 6, 1939 [3]


[1] 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.

[2] 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.

[3] See C. T. Loo's invoice dated July 6, 1939, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950
Qian Baoqing

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum