string(20) "edanmdm:fsg_S1999.16" Tea or Kumiss Bowl - National Museum of Asian Art

Tea or Kumiss Bowl

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At A Glance

  • Period

    19th-mid 20th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Silver and wood
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 4.9 x 12.6 x 12.6 cm (1 15/16 x 4 15/16 x 4 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Provenance

    To 1993
    Unknown seller, "Sunday Market," Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to 1993 [1]
    From 1993 to 1999
    Ambassador and Mrs. Donald C. Johnson, Arlington, VA, purchased from an unknown seller in the "Sunday Market," Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in 1993 [2]
    From 1999
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Ambassador and Mrs. Donald C. Johnson in 1999
    [1] The object was acquired by Ambassador and Mrs. Johnson during his term as United States ambassador to Mongolia (see Curatorial Remark 1, Jenny F. So, February 23, 1999, in the object record).
    According to an excerpt from a letter (dated April 9, 1999) from Ambassador Johnson to Vidya Dehejia: "This was the second bowl that Nelda and I acquired. We bought it in late 1993 (most likely early October) at Ulaanbaatar's "Sunday Market" on the northern outskirts of the city.
    The Sunday market was a place where all kinds of things - paint, auto parts, plumbing supplies, clothes, and even silver bowls were offered for sale.
    Nelda remembers that she bought it from a young woman who followed her through the market negotiating price the whole way.
    Nelda finally bought it in the market parking lot before we drove off." (see Provenance Remark 1 in the object record).
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ambassador and Mrs. Donald C. Johnson
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Donald C. Johnson
  • Type

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