Beaker in the shape of a tsun


Historical period(s)
Shang dynasty, ca. 13th-11th centuries BCE
Unglazed pottery clay
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)
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
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era 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]


[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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