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Lidded container with birds and floral scrolls

Historical period(s)
Mid-Tang dynasty, early 8th century
Cast, hammered, and turned silver with chased and ring-punched decoration and mercury gilding
H x W: 12.3 x 7.1 cm (4 13/16 x 2 13/16 in)
China, Shaanxi province, Probably Xi’an
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number

To 1931
Herbert J. Devine, New York to 1931 [1]

From 1931
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Herbert J. Devine, New York in 1931 [2]


[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note.

[2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

Former owner
Herbert J. Devine Galleries
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel
casting, chasing, China, gilding, hammering, punching, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.