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3/4 profile: Covered box in the form of a six petalled flower with birds and floral scrolls

Covered box in the form of a six petalled flower with birds and floral scrolls

Historical period(s)
Mid-Tang dynasty, early 8th century
Hammered silver with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration and mercury gilding
H x W: 3 x 10.7 cm (1 3/16 x 4 3/16 in)
China, Shaanxi province, Probably Xi’an
Credit Line
Gift of the Honorable and Mrs. Hugh Scott
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number

To 1974
Senator and Mrs. Hugh Scott, Washington, D.C., to 1974

From 1974
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of the Senator and Mrs. Hugh Scott in 1974 [1]


[1] The object was transferred from the Freer Study Collection to the Freer Permanent Collection December 6, 1978 (see Curatorial Note 4 in the object record).

Former owner
Senator and Mrs. Hugh Scott
On View Location
Currently not on view
Container, Metalwork
bird, chasing, China, flower, gilding, hammering, punching, repousse, Tang dynasty (618 - 907), WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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