Lidded box in the form of a melon with grapevines and knob in the shape of a rodent

Historical period(s)
Early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th-early 8th century
Cast and hammered silver with chased and ring-punched decoration and leaf gilding
H x W: 6.4 x 5 cm (2 1/2 x 1 15/16 in)
China, Shaanxi province, probably Xi’an
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 16: Center of the World: China and the Silk Road
Container, Metalwork

Box with lid

casting, chasing, China, gilding, grape, hammering, punching, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)

Yamanaka and Company, Boston 1930 [1]

From 1930
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, Boston in 1930 [2]


[1] Object file, undated folder sheet. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co.

Published References
  • Bo Gyllensvard The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. T'ang Gold and Silver. no. 29 Stockholm. cat. 292, pl. 11c.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 25.
  • Gilded Metals: History, Technology and Conservation. London. p. 152, fig. 8.7.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 107, p. 176.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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