Drum of Lingshan type

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    6th-early 8th century
  • Geography

    Guangxi province, China
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 71 x 120 x 120 cm (27 15/16 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    The drum is relatively large, measuring about 65 centimeters high and 118 centimeters across. Blue and green in color due to its corrosion products, the drum bears bands of low relief decoration which circle the sides. Six pairs of frogs are depicted, placed equilaterally around the rim. A modern carved wooden stand accompanies the drum.
  • Provenance

    From at least 1964 to 1992
    Virginia (d. 1992) and Edward Chow (1910-80), Geneva, Switzerland. [1]
    From 1992 to 1994
    Estate of Virginia Chow. [2]
    Sotheby's, London sale on June 7, 1994, lot no. 12. [3]
    The Virginia and Edward Chow Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland, purchased at auction of Virginia Chow Estate, Sotheby’s, London, June 7, 1994, lot no. 12. [4]
    From 1994
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of The Virginia and Edward Chow Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland. [5]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record. Also see letter from David D. Chow dated, October 22, 1994, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.
    [2] Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record. Also see memorandum dated May 12, 1994 and April 4, 1994, copies in object file, Collections Management Office. According to Thomas Lawton’s statement in the memorandum dated April 4, 1994, Virginia Chow inherited the collection after Edward Chow’s death. Virginia Chow passed away in 1992, and her estate was settled in 1994.
    [3] See note 2.
    [4] See note 2.
    [5] See note 2. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Virtue and Entertainment: Chinese Music in the Visual Arts (October 1, 2005 to May 29, 2006)
    Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Edward T. Chow (1910-1980)
    Virginia Chow
    Estate of Virginia Chow
    Sotheby's (London)
    The Virginia and Edward Chow Foundation
  • Origin

    Guangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of the Chow Foundation in memory of Virgina and Edward Chow
  • Type

    Musical Instrument
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