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profile: Lidded box in the form of a melon with grapevines and knob in the shape of a rodent base with cover: Lidded box in the form of a melon with grapevines and knob in the shape of a rodent

Lidded box in the form of a melon with grapevines and knob in the shape of a rodent

Type
Box with lid
Historical period(s)
Early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th-early 8th century
Medium
Cast and hammered silver with chased and ring-punched decoration and leaf gilding
Dimension(s)
H x W: 6.4 x 5 cm (2 1/2 x 1 15/16 in)
Geography
China, Shaanxi province, probably Xi’an
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1930.39a-b

1930
Yamanaka and Company, Boston 1930 [1]

From 1930
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, Boston in 1930 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Former owner
Yamanaka and Co.
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Container, Metalwork
Keyword(s)
casting, chasing, China, gilding, grape, hammering, punching, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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