Tea or Kumiss Bowl

Historical period(s)
19th-mid 20th century
Silver and wood
H x W x D: 5.6 x 13.7 x 13.7 cm (2 3/16 x 5 3/8 x 5 3/8 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 1994
The brother of an unknown silversmith, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to 1994 [1]

From 1994 to 1999
Ambassador and Mrs. Donald C. Johnson, Arlington, VA, purchased from the brother of an unknown silversmith in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in 1994 [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: "This was bought from the brother of one of the few silversmiths in Ulaanbaatar. We recall that we acquired it in late 1994." (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