Lid of a container (possibly a pou)

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1200-1100 BCE
  • Geography

    Yangzi River valley, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 7.8 × 23.7 cm (3 1/16 × 9 5/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Lid of vessel. Dome shaped. Three tigers in relief seen in side view with heads rising from surface to become virtually sculpture in the round, looking towards the center. Stylized broad bands of tigers on angular meander background. Band of small circles surrounds center of lid which is restored; the original center probably had a knob raised on a stem (see F13.30). Dark shiny surface; extensively repaired.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
    Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer ((1875-1959) and (1887-1970))
  • Provenance

    To 1916
    Lai-Yuan & Co., New York, to March 1916 [1]
    From 1916 to 1970
    Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), Washington, DC, and Mt. Kisco, NY, bought from Lai-Yuan & Co., on March 6, 1916 [2]
    From 1970 to 1974
    Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, New York [3]
    From 1974
    Freer Gallery of Art, bequeathed by Agnes E. Meyer [4]
    [1] See Invoice, issued by C. T. Loo, Lai-Yuan & Co. to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Meyer, dated March 6, 1916, no. 30962: “Circular bronze cover from a Ting with 3 raised panthers amidst scrolls of thunder (Lug Wan) Seu-Ning-Koo or black quicksilver
    patina – Shang dynasty,” in object file.
    [2] See Lai-yuan & Co.'s invoice cited in note 1.
    [3] The object was part of the Estate of Agnes E. Meyer.
    [4] The object was transferred to the Freer Gallery on January 9, 1973. In 1974 it was confirmed that the transfer of this object to the Freer Gallery from the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation had been approved by the foundation’s Board of Directors on December 14, 1972 and the object was accessioned into the collection.
  • Origin

    Yangzi River valley, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
  • Type

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