Bell (bo) with birds and dragons; from a set of four

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Previous custodian or owner
C.T. Loo & Company (1914 - 1948)
Provenance
From 1939 to 1941
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from at least March 1939 [1]
From 1941
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on September 29, 1941 [2]
Notes:
[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 81926a: "Bell (chung) Bottom decorated by a panel of turning dragons pattern. Large bosses formed by coiled snakes separated by registers of intertwined dragons motives. Handle formed by 2 birds, swallowing the tail with spreaded wings over an intertwined snakes pattern. Rough green patina. Late Chou," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. The object was sent to the Freer Gallery for examination on May 2, 1939.
[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated September 29, 1941, copy in object file.
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Restrictions & Rights
Copyright with museum
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
On View
Sackler Gallery 25: RESOUND: Bells of Ancient China
ca. 500--450 BCE
Period
Eastern Zhou dynasty
Accession Number
F1941.9
Topic
bird
dragon
Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE)
casting
Spring and Autumn period (770 - 476 BCE)
bell
China
Chinese Art
WWII-era provenance
Origin
Houma foundry, Shanxi province, China
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W: 66.4 x 47 cm (26 1/8 x 18 1/2 in)
Weight: 62 kg (136.7 lb)
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Type
Metalwork
Musical Instrument