Excavated at Li-yü, Shanxi province, China, possibly in 1923 
From 1947 to 1948
C. T. Loo & Company, New York, from August 1947 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on December 2, 1948 
 The animal might be identical with one of the two animals published by Georges Salles in 1934, see Georges Salles, "Les bronzes de Li-Yu," Revue des Arts Asiatiques vol. 8 (1934), pp. 156-7, pl. 50a. Salles described the two animals as at the time still held in Shanxi. See also Thomas Lawton, Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B. C. (Washington, DC: Freer Gallery of Art, 1982), pp. 78-79, no. 35.
 See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. CHL 7/936: "Small bronze animal perfect green patina Late Chou "li Yu," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the object was imported directly from China. On January 20, 1948, the object was taken by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination.
 See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated December 2, 1948, copy in object file.
- Previous Owner(s)
C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948
A quadruped; surface almost entirely covered with linear designs in countersunk relief. Smooth, gray-green patina with scattered encrustations of green. Bronze cracked on back, left side and belly; forelegs repaired.
- Published References
- Zusetsu sekai bunkashi taikei [Cultural History of the World]. 27 vols., Tokyo, 1958-1961. Vol. 15: pp. 128, 141.
- Hai wai i chen [Chinese Art in Overseas Collections]. Taipei, 1985. vol. 2: p. 138.
- Wai ta i shu chuan t'ung t'u lu [The Great Heritage of Chinese Art in Private Collections Museums all over the World]. multi-volumed, Shanghai. vol. 1: pl. 8.
- Quanyu Wang, Yi Chen, Rongyu Su. Houma Bronzes in the British Museum: A Technical Study. vol. 50, 6. Hong Kong, November/December 2019. p. 48, fig. 5b.
- Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 35, p. 77.
- Georges Salles. Les Bronzes de Li-yu. Paris. pp. 146-158, pl. 50.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
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