Lid of a container (possibly a pou)

Historical period(s)
Shang dynasty, ca. 1200-1100 BCE
H x Diam: 7.8 × 23.7 cm (3 1/16 × 9 5/16 in)
China, Yangzi River valley
Credit Line
Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel: lid, pou(?)

casting, China, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), tiger, WWII-era provenance

To 1916
Lai-Yuan & Co., New York, to March 1916 [1]

From 1916 to 1970
Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), Washington, DC, and Mt. Kisco, NY, bought from Lai-Yuan & Co., on March 6, 1916 [2]

From 1970 to 1974
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, New York [3]

From 1974
Freer Gallery of Art, bequeathed by Agnes E. Meyer [4]


[1] See Invoice, issued by C. T. Loo, Lai-Yuan & Co. to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Meyer, dated March 6, 1916, no. 30962: “Circular bronze cover from a Ting with 3 raised panthers amidst scrolls of thunder (Lug Wan) Seu-Ning-Koo or black quicksilver patina – Shang dynasty,” in object file.

[2] See Lai-yuan & Co.'s invoice cited in note 1.

[3] The object was part of the Estate of Agnes E. Meyer.

[4] The object was transferred to the Freer Gallery on January 9, 1973. In 1974 it was confirmed that the transfer of this object to the Freer Gallery from the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation had been approved by the foundation’s Board of Directors on December 14, 1972 and the object was accessioned into the collection.

Previous Owner(s)

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer (1875-1959) and (1887-1970)
C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948

Published References
  • Robert W. Bagley. Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections: Volume 1 of Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. vol. 1, Washington and Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987. p. 123, fig. 177.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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