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- Previous Owner(s)
In the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) gold connoted luxury and purity. During part of the dynasty laws restricted its use to the imperial family and ranking officials. This jar belonged to a set of eight gold objects, each bearing a chased design of dragons and clouds and studded with gemstones, allegedly recovered from the tomb of the Xuande emperor. Tibetan objects circulating in China seem to have stimulated a taste for gold set with gems.
- Published References
- Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 108, p. 176.
- Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 27.
- Ming Porcelains in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1953. .
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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