Beaker in the shape of a tsun

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Historical period(s)
Shang dynasty, ca. 13th-11th centuries BCE
Medium
Unglazed pottery clay
Dimensions
H x W x D: 23.3 x 18.4 x 18.4 cm (9 3/16 x 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 in)
Geography
China, Henan province
Credit Line
Gift of James G. and Ann S. Ling in memory of the collector and connoisseur Helen Dalling Ling
Accession Number
F1984.1a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Beaker

Keywords
China, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1949
Helen D. Ling (died 1982), Shanghai and Singapore, to 1949 [1]

From 1949 to 1984
James G. Ling, Bethesda, Maryland, given by Helen D. Ling in 1949 [2]

From 1984
Freer Gallery of Art, given by James G. and Ann S. Ling in 1984 [3]

Notes:

[1] Helen Dalling Ling was a collector who operated The Green Dragon antiques shop in Shanghai from 1938 to 1950, and a shop under her own name in Singapore from 1951 to 1982. According to James G. Ling, this object was collected in China during the war (see Curatorial Note 7 in object record).

[2] According to Curatorial Note 7 in the object record.

[3] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. and Mrs. James G. and Ann S. Ling
Helen D. Ling died 1982
James G. Ling

Published References
  • Sarah Booth. The Freer's Rare Catch: Gallery Acquires 30 Flawless Ancient Chinese Ceramics. Washington, May 23, 1984. p. B2.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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