Hammered silver with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration
H x W x D: 31 x 6.1 x 4.5 cm (12 3/16 x 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 in)
Metalwork, Tool and Equipment
Probably Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China
Tang dynasty (618 - 907), China, silver, Chinese Art
Freer, Gallery 16: Silk Road Luxuries from China
late 7th-early 8th century
Early or mid-Tang dynasty
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
From at least 1929 Mrs. Christian R. (Bettie F.) Holmes (1871-1941), New York and "The Chimneys," Sands Point, Port Washington, Long Island, from at least January 1929  From at least 1944 Tonying & Company, New York, from at least February 1944  From 1944 Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Tonying & Company on September 21, 1944  Notes:  Mrs. Holmes lent the object to the 1929 exhibition in Berlin, Ausstellung Chinesischer Kunst (Berlin: Gesellschaft für Ostasiatische Kunst and Preussischen Akademie der Künste, January 12 –April 2, 1929), cat. 425 (ill.) and to the International Exhibition of Chinese Art at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London in 1935-36, see Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Arts, November 1935-March 7, 1936), cat. 786 (ill.).  See “List of Objects Contemplated for Purchase by the Freer Gallery of Art,” approved by the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution on February 4, 1944, copy in object file.  See Tonying & Company’s invoice, dated September 21, 1944, in which the object figures under no. G. 14: “Large Chinese Silver Ladle / Tang,” copy in object file. See also A. G. Wenley’s letter to C. F. Yau, Tonying & Co., dated September 19, 1944, in which Wenley confirms the purchase of the object.
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