Tea or Kumiss Bowl

Historical period(s)
19th-mid 20th century
Silver and wood
H x W x D: 6.8 x 15.4 x 15.4 cm (2 11/16 x 6 1/16 x 6 1/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Donald C. Johnson
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel


chasing, hammering, Lathe work, Mongolia, punching, repousse, tea, turning

To 1995
Unknown seller, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to 1995 [1]

From 1995 to 1999
Ambassador and Mrs. Donald C. Johnson, Arlington, VA, purchased from an unknown seller in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in 1995 [2]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Ambassador and Mrs. Donald C. Johnson in 1999


[1] The object was acquired by Ambassador and Mrs. Johnson during his term as United States ambassador to Mongolia (see Curatorial Remark 1, Jenny F. So, February 23, 1999, in the object record).

According to an excerpt from a letter (dated April 9, 1999) from Ambassador Johnson to Vidya Dehejia: "We bought [this bowl and S1999.11 & S1999.13] from a man who came to us at the Sunday Market (we believe it was the fall of 1995) and told us he had some bowls to sell, but didn't want to show them in the market. We visited his apartment in Ulaanbaatar and fell in love with [this bowl] at first sight. He knew we wanted to get them for our collection, too, so it took a long time to strike a deal" (see Provenance Remark 1 in the object record).

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Ambassador and Mrs. Donald C. Johnson

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum