Basin (jian) with dragon interlace

citation

Historical period(s)
Middle Eastern Zhou dynasty, ca. 500-450 BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W: 22.8 x 51.7 cm (9 x 20 3/8 in)
Geography
China, Henan province, Huixian
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1939.5
On View Location
Freer Gallery 18: Art and Industry: China's Ancient Houma Foundry
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel

Keywords
casting, China, dragon, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

1938
Excavated in Huixian, Henan province, China in 1938 [1]

From 1938 to 1939
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from at least December 30, 1938 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] According to Rong Geng, Shang Zhou yiqi tongkao (Beijing: Harvard-Yenching Institute, 1941), vol. 1, p. 470 and vol. 2, pl. 874.

[2] See "List of the objects owned by C. T. Loo, New York [and left by him] at the Gallery for examination on December 30, 1938," copy in object file.

[3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated February 3, 1939, copy in object file. The object is dated in the invoice to late Chou dynasty, 5th century B.C.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

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

Copyright with museum

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