Covered jar of gold inlaid with gems

citation

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, Xuande reign, 1426-1435
Medium
Gold with semiprecious stones
Dimensions
H x W x D: 9.5 x 9.4 x 8.4 cm (3 3/4 x 3 11/16 x 3 5/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1952.29a-b
On View Location
Freer Gallery 13: Looking Out, Looking In: Art in Late Imperial China
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
China, dragon, hammering, incising, inlay, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), WWII-era provenance, Xuande reign (1426 - 1435)
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Fritz Low-Beer

Label

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.

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

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