Historical period(s)
Western Han dynasty, 206-8 BCE
Medium
Earthenware burnished and smoke-blackened
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 4 x 12 x 13 cm (1 9/16 x 4 3/4 x 5 1/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; a joint gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2012.9.3681
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Ear cup

Keywords
China, Paul Singer collection, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE)
Provenance

To 1968
Frank Caro Chinese Art, New York, NY [1]

1968 to 1997
Dr. Paul Singer, Summit, NJ purchased from Frank Caro Chinese Art on December 3, 1968 in New York, NY [2]

1997 to 1999
In the custody of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, upon Paul Singer’s death in January 1997 and a loan agreement between the Executors of the Singer Estate and the Gallery in February 1997 [3]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler [4]

Notes:

[1] See invoice from Frank Caro Chinese Art to Dr. Paul Singer, December 3, 1968, copy in object file. Object identified as “B 67 75: Pottery. Face cup, grey black. Han Dynasty. L: 4-1/2.”

[2] See note 1. The collection of Chinese art and antiquities assembled by Paul Singer was purchased by him on behalf of Arthur M. Sackler, Jillian Sackler, the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities and later was transferred to the children of Arthur M. Sackler.

[3] The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art came into the custody of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, upon Paul Singer’s death in January 1997 and a loan agreement between the Executors of the Singer Estate and the Gallery in February 1997.

[4] See “The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art Gift Agreement,” March 1999, Collections Management Office. This object was formally accessioned into the museum collection in 2012.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997
Frank Caro Chinese Art 1962-1980

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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