Lidded cylindrical tripod cup with dragon interlace

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    206 BCE- 9 CE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W (a): 9.5 × 10 cm (3 3/4 × 3 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Nephrite cup with cover; decoration in relief and incised; wooden stand.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
  • Provenance

    From at least 1939 to 1947
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York, from at least January 10, 1939 [1]
    From 1947
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on May 7, 1947 [2]
    [1] The object was lent by C. T. Loo to the Arden Gallery in 1939; see 3000 Years of Chinese Jade, exh. cat. (New York: Arden Gallery, January 10 - February 11, 1939), cat. 184 (ill.). See also C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 80121: "Jade deep cylindrical tripod cup with one handle and a cover surmounted by three small curled animals on a geometrical pattern. The cup is decorated with two dragons and a t'ao t'ieh mask handle on a geometrical pattern. HAN," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file.
    In June 1944, the cup was brought to the Freer Gallery for examination.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated May 7, 1947, copy in object file.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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