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Set of belt ornaments (incomplete?)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    6th-7th century
  • Geography

    China
  • Material

    Gilded copper and bronze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (S1997.41.1): 15.5 × 3 × 0.5 cm (6 1/8 × 1 3/16 × 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    S1997.41.1-6
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_S1997.41.1-6

Object Details

  • Description

    The six ornaments include four rectangular plaques, one buckle with an attached rectangular plaque, and a larger, hinged ornament with a more complex curving shape. All the ornaments are multipart constructions with gilt surfaces and copper or copper alloy substrates. Each rectangular plaque bears a motif of a single animal with surrounding abstract floral forms. Also, each plaque is similar in construction and consists of three basic parts held together by small pins (or rivets); the parts are a plain raised border, the central plate bearing repousse decoration, and a flat, plain, gilt back plate. The buckle and large ornament have the basic construction, though they are somewhat more complicated and have additional parts.
    It was of particular interest to find evidence of textile on one ornament between the back plate and the underside of the repousse panel. LRN 3337
  • Provenance

    To 1980
    Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bernat, Massachusetts. [1]
    1980
    Sale, New York, Sotheby’s, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bernat, November 7, 1980, lot 5. [2]
    Until 1990's (?)
    British Rail Pension Fund, Works of Art Collection, London [3]
    1997
    Sale, New York, Sotheby’s, Fine Chinese Ceramics, Furniture and Works of Art, September 23, 1997, Sale #7018, lot 120: “Rare six-piece set of gilt copper belt ornaments.” [4]
    From 1997
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased at Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, Fine Chinese Ceramics, Furniture and Works of Art, September 23, 1997, through Andrew Kahane, Ltd., New York, New York. [5]
    Notes:
    [1] See object file, Collections Management Office.
    [2] The object was sold in 1980 at Sotheby’s, New York auction to an unknown buyer. See Memorandum dated Sept. 22, 1997, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.
    [3] See Sotheby's, London, Important Early Chinese Cermics, Archaic Bronzes, Sculpture, Silver and Lacquer from the Works of Art Collection of the British Rail Pension Fund, December 12, 1989, Lot 33 [DNS]
    [4] See object file, Collections Management Office.
    [5] See note 3. See also Memorandum dated Sept. 22, 1997, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Arts of China (November 18, 1990 to September 7, 2014)
    Arts of the T'ang (January 8 to February 17, 1957)
    Untitled Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1957 (1957)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bernat
    Sotheby's (New York)
    British Rail Pension Fund, Works of Art Collection (active 1974-1999)
    Andrew Kahane, Ltd. (established 1986)
  • Origin

    China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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