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Ritual vessel (
) and stopper
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H x W: 32.8 x 32.4 cm (12 15/16 x 12 3/4 in)
ca. 2nd century BCE
Western Han dynasty
Ceremonial vessel, type pien-hu. Stopper.
Surface: emerald green patina with areas of bronze visible.
Decoration: in low and counter-sunk relief.
Count Tanaka, to 1909 
From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Count Tanaka through Samurai Shokai, Yokohama, in 1909 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Bronze List, S.I. 90, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Previous custodian or owner:
Count Tanaka (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Restrictions & Rights:
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