Lobed bowl with lion, foliage and a ring of raised dots

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    late 6th-early 7th century
  • Geography

    Probably Uzbekistan
  • Material

    Hammered silver with repoussé and chased decoration
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 4.8 × 15.3 cm (1 7/8 × 6 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Small, low bowl with a short, broad, ring foot. Twelve shallow radial lobes slope up to form the sides of the bowl, with their rounded ends meeting in the central area of the interior surface to form a scalloped-edged medallion. Within the medallion is a depiction of a lion with two leaf forms encircled by a row of small bosses executed in low relief. A simple scratched inscription is found on the outside of the bowl running vertcally down the center of one lobe from the rim. A second inscription mis present inside the foot ring.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Carl Kempe (1884-1967)
    Kempe Family
    James Freeman
  • Provenance

    From at least 1957
    Carl Kempe (1884-1967), Ekolsund, Sweden, from at least 1957 [1]
    From 1992
    Eskenazi Ltd., London, purchased from the Kempe family [2]
    To 1997
    James Freeman, Kyoto, purchased from Eskenazi Ltd., London
    From 1997
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from James Freeman in 1997
    [1] See B. Gyllensvard, T'ang Gold and Silver, Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 29, 2 (Stockholm: 1957), p. 63,
    fig. 70.
    [2] Information provided by Philip Constantinidi, Eskenazi Ltd. in email correspondence, March 21, 2013.
  • Origin

    Probably Uzbekistan
  • Culture

    Sogdians, flourished 4th-8th century CE
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 16: Center of the World: China and the Silk Road
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