Support in the form of a bear

Historical period(s)
Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
Bronze with gilding and turquoise inlay
H x W: 7 x 6 cm (2 3/4 x 2 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Furniture and Furnishing, Metalwork


bear, casting, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), gilding, Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE), inlay, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE)

To 1915
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1915 [1]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, New York in 1915 [2]

From 1920
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Bronze List, S.I. 647, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919

Published References
  • Alfred Salmony. A Chinese Jade Bear of the Early Han Period. vol. 10, no. 4 Washington and Zurich, 1947. pp. 257-265, fig. 5.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum