Scabbard fitting

Historical period(s)
6th-5th century BCE
Medium
Cast bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 23.2 x 9.8 x 1.7 cm (9 1/8 x 3 7/8 x 11/16 in)
Geography
Northeast China or Southeast Inner Mongolia
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F2001.14a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Weapon and Armament
Type

Weapon: scabbard ornament

Keywords
casting, China, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1946
Mathias Komor, New York. [1]

From 1946 to 2000
Mr. Myron S. Falk, Jr. (1906-1992) and Mrs. Pauline Baerwald Falk (1910-2000), purchased from Mathias Komor, New York in 1946. [2]

2001
Christie's, New York sale, "The Falk Collection I, Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art," September 20, 2001, lot no. 177, “A Rare Reticulated Bronze Scabbard Fitting.” [3]

From 2001
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased at auction, Christie’s, New York, September 20, 2001, lot no. 177, through Jim Lally of J. J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art, New York. [4]

[1] Object file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See document dated September 20, 2001, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 1 and 2.

[4] See note 1 and 2. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Christie's (New York)
J.J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art
Myron S. Falk, Jr. 1906-1992
Mathias Komor 1909-1984
Pauline Baerwald Falk 1910-2000

Published References
  • Emma C. Bunker. The Art of Eastern Chou, 772-221 BC: A Loan Exhibition. New York. cat. 10.
  • Jenny F. So, Emma C. Bunker. Traders and Raiders on China's Northern Frontier. Exh. cat. Seattle, 1995. pp. 125-126.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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