Fitting in the form of a quadruped with interlace

citation

A quadruped; surface almost entirely covered with linear designs in countersunk relief. Smooth, gray-green patina with scattered encrustations of green. Bronze cracked on back, left side and belly; forelegs repaired.

Historical period(s)
Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 5th century BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W: 11.8 x 20.4 cm (4 5/8 x 8 1/16 in)
Geography
China, Probably Shanxi province, Liyu
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1948.24
On View Location
Freer Gallery 18: Art and Industry: China's Ancient Houma Foundry
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Sculpture (animal)

Keywords
animal, casting, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Excavated at Li-yü, Shanxi province, China, possibly in 1923 [1]

From 1947 to 1948
C.T. Loo & Company, New York, from August 1947 [2]

From 1948
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on December 2, 1948 [3]

Notes:

[1] The animal might be identical with one of the two animals published by Georges Salles in 1934, see Georges Salles, "Les bronzes de Li-Yu," Revue des Arts Asiatiques vol. 8 (1934), pp. 156-7, pl. 50a. Salles described the two animals as at the time still held in Shanxi. See also Thomas Lawton, Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B. C. (Washington, DC: Freer Gallery of Art, 1982), pp. 78-79, no. 35.

[2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. CHL 7/936: "Small bronze animal perfect green patina Late Chou "li Yu," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the object was imported directly from China. On January 20, 1948, the object was taken by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination.

[3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated December 2, 1948, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

Description

A quadruped; surface almost entirely covered with linear designs in countersunk relief. Smooth, gray-green patina with scattered encrustations of green. Bronze cracked on back, left side and belly; forelegs repaired.

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

Copyright with museum

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