Basin (i or yi) with two animal-head lugs


Historical period(s)
Eastern Zhou dynasty, 480-221 BCE
Stoneware with traces of wood-ash glaze
H x W x D: 11.6 x 26.7 x 26.7 cm (4 9/16 x 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), stoneware, WWII-era provenance

To ?
J.E. Melchior collection, Shanghai. [1]

To 1982
Helen Dalling Ling (d. 1982), Shanghai and Singapore. [2]

From 1982 to 1985
Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore, by bequest from his wife, Helen Dalling Ling on May 1982. [3]

From 1985
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore. [4]


[1] According to Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Mrs. Helen D. Ling acquired the object from the J.E. Melchior Collection in Shanghai.

[2] Helen Dalling Ling operated "The Green Dragon" antiques shop in Shanghai from 1938 to 1950 and a shop under her own name in Singapore from 1951 until her death in 1982.

[3] Helen Dalling Ling left a bequest to her husband, Dr. Tien Gi Ling on May 1982.

[4] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office. According to the Purchase List, the object was brought in by Mr. Tien Ling's son, Dr. James Ling of Bethesda, Maryland.

Previous Owner(s)

Mr. Tien Gi Ling
Helen D. Ling died 1982
J. E. Melchior Collection

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

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