Mask and ring handle

Historical period(s)
Warring States period, Eastern Zhou dynasty, 5th-4th century BCE
Medium
Bronze with gold and silver inlay
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7.7 x 5.4 x 2.2 cm (3 1/16 x 2 1/8 x 7/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1917.18
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork
Type

Mask and ring handle

Keywords
animal, casting, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), inlay, mask, Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE)
Provenance

To 1917
Li Wenqing (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Li Wenqing, in New York, in 1917 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 1083, 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Li Wenqing (C.L. Freer source) ca. 1869-1931

Published References
  • Sueji Umehara. Shina kodo seikwa [Selected Relics of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from Collections in Europe and Asia]. 3 vols., Osaka. vol. 1: pl. 59a.
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 24, p. 63.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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