Toiletry box (lian) with cover


Historical period(s)
Han dynasty, 2nd-1st century BCE
H x W: 12 x 15.2 cm (4 3/4 x 6 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel


casting, China, Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE), WWII-era provenance

From 1941 to 1946
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from April 1941 [1]

From 1946
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on March 18, 1946 [2]


[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 87101: "Bronze round box CHIN with cover decorated in cut in designs of fighting animals, and two bands of lozenges around rim and foot. cover with a loop. knob raising in the center of a four petal flower and, fighting animal turquoise patina. Late Chou," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. In April 1941, the object was brought to the Freer Gallery for examination and later returned to C. T. Loo. The same year it was taken by Loo to Alfred F. Pillsbury but subsequently was returned. In December 1945, the vase was sent again to the Freer Gallery.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated March 18, 1946, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

Published References
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Mr. R.J. Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 120, p. 607.
  • Grace Dunham Guest A.G. Wenley. Annotated Outlines of the History of Chinese Arts. Washington, 1949. p. 5.
  • Jessica Rawson. Chinese Bronzes from the Sedgewick Collection., Summer 1971. pp. 148-155, fig. 14.
  • Jessica Rawson. A Group of Han Dynasty Bronzes with Chased Decoration and Some Related Ceramics., Winter 1973. fig. 6.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum