Lidded cylindrical tripod cup with dragon interlace


Historical period(s)
Western Han dynasty, 206 BCE- 9 CE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W: 7.5 x 2.9 cm (2 15/16 x 1 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Vessel


China, dragon, nephrite, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE), WWII-era provenance

From at least 1939 to 1947
C.T. Loo & Company, New York, from at least January 10, 1939 [1]

From 1947
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on May 7, 1947 [2]


[1] The object was lent by C. T. Loo to the Arden Gallery in 1939; see 3000 Years of Chinese Jade, exh. cat. (New York: Arden Gallery, January 10 - February 11, 1939), cat. 184 (ill.). See also C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 80121: "Jade deep cylindrical tripod cup with one handle and a cover surmounted by three small curled animals on a geometrical pattern. The cup is decorated with two dragons and a t'ao t'ieh mask handle on a geometrical pattern. HAN," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. In June 1944, the cup was brought to the Freer Gallery for examination.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated May 7, 1947, copy in object file.

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