Tea or Kumiss Bowl

Historical period(s)
19th-mid 20th century
Silver and wood
H x W x D (overall): 5 x 12.5 x 12.5 cm (1 15/16 x 4 15/16 x 4 15/16 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 1996
Unknown seller, Mongolia, to 1996 [1]

From 1996 to 1999
Ambassador and Mrs. Donald C. Johnson, Arlington, VA, purchased from an unknown seller in Mongolia in 1996 [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: "Nelda bought these two bowls [this bowl and S1999.15] from a young man who came to the Embassy Residence in early 1996. The young man had heard of Nelda's bowl collection - Nelda never kept it a secret - and the young man hoped to interest her. He did." (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