Ritual vessel with cover

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At A Glance

  • Period

    206 BCE-220 CE
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 14.3 x 8.1 x 6.4 cm (5 5/8 x 3 3/16 x 2 1/2 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Ceremonial vessel with cover.
    Surface: heavy green aerugo and brownish earth incrustation over gilt bronze.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Chen Kai Chi (1813-1884)
    You Xiaoxi 游篠溪 (late 19th-early 20th century) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Provenance

    Reportedly excavated in Shansi [1]
    Chen Kai Chi (1813-1884), Wei Hsien, China [2]
    To 1919
    You Xiaoxi (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1919 [3]
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from You Xiaoxi, in New York, in 1919 [4]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [5]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 3, H.E. Buckman, 1964, in the object record states: "The Envelope file which has now been destroyed, contained only the additional information: 'Excavated in Shansi; obtained by the Shantung connoisseur Chen Kai Chi of Wei Hsien.'" Curatorial Remark 4, H.C. Lovell, 1974, in the object record, states: "The box in which this object came bears this carved inscription on the lid: 'Wei Hsien Ch'en shih ts'ang' [Chn], indicating that the piece had come from the collection of Ch'en Chieh-ch'i [Chn] (1813-1884), the noted Shantung antiquarian and collector. However, it is not included in "Fu-chai chi-chin lu" [Chn], a catalogue of Ch'en's collection."
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 1444, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [4] See note 3.
    [5] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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