Box with cover (lian)

Incised decoration on sides and cover; removable tray inside; three low feet on base and loose ring in cover. Slight encrustation and decomposition.

Historical period(s)
Han dynasty, 2nd-1st century BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W: 14.2 x 15.5 cm (5 9/16 x 6 1/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1951.2a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Container, Metalwork
Type

Ritual vessel: lian

Keywords
animal, casting, China, Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Incised decoration on sides and cover; removable tray inside; three low feet on base and loose ring in cover. Slight encrustation and decomposition.

Published References
  • Jessica Rawson. A Group of Han Dynasty Bronzes with Chased Decoration and Some Related Ceramics., Winter 1973. fig. 5.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 22.
  • Jessica Rawson. Chinese Bronzes from the Sedgewick Collection., Summer 1971. pp. 148-55, fig. 15.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 119, p. 603.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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