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Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 71 x 120 x 120 cm (27 15/16 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in)
Type:
Musical Instrument
Origin:
Guangxi, China
Date:
6th-early 8th century
Period:
Tang dynasty or earlier
Description:
The drum is relatively large, measuring about 65 centimeters high and 118 centimeters across. Blue and green in color due to its corrosion products, the drum bears bands of low relief decoration which circle the sides. Six pairs of frogs are depicted, placed equilaterally around the rim. A modern carved wooden stand accompanies the drum.
Provenance:
From at least 1964 to 1992
Virginia (d. 1992) and Edward Chow (1910-80), Geneva, Switzerland. [1]
From 1992 to 1994
Estate of Virginia Chow. [2]
1994
Sotheby's, London sale on June 7, 1994, lot no. 12. [3]
1994
The Virginia and Edward Chow Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland, purchased at auction of Virginia Chow Estate, Sotheby’s, London, June 7, 1994, lot no. 12. [4]
From 1994
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of The Virginia and Edward Chow Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland. [5]
Notes:
[1] Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record. Also see letter from David D. Chow dated, October 22, 1994, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.
[2] Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record. Also see memorandum dated May 12, 1994 and April 4, 1994, copies in object file, Collections Management Office. According to Thomas Lawton’s statement in the memorandum dated April 4, 1994, Virginia Chow inherited the collection after Edward Chow’s death. Virginia Chow passed away in 1992, and her estate was settled in 1994.
[3] See note 2.
[4] See note 2.
[5] See note 2. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
Collection:
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Virtue and Entertainment: Chinese Music in the Visual Arts (October 1, 2005 to May 29, 2006)
Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
Previous custodian or owner:
Edward T. Chow (1910-1980)
Virginia Chow
Estate of Virginia Chow
Sotheby's (London)
The Virginia and Edward Chow Foundation
Topic:
Period of Division (220 - 589)  Search this
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China  Search this
Chinese Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of the Chow Foundation in memory of Virgina and Edward Chow
Accession Number:
F1994.25a-b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Related Online Resources:
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye37e516286-465a-4f1c-b022-2a5c182b9fa7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1994.25a-b