Helmet. Patches of green patina and earthy incrustations.

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Historical period(s)
Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
H x W x D: 20.1 x 19.6 x 23.1 cm (7 15/16 x 7 11/16 x 9 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Weapon and Armament


Carl Whiting Bishop collection, China, Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE)

To 1925
Peter Johannes Bahr (died circa 1928), Shanghai, purchased from an unidentified dealer, to 1925 [1]

From 1925
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Peter Johannes Bahr, through Carl Whiting Bishop, in 1925 [2]


[1] The object was said to have been bought by Mr. Bahr from a dealer who claimed it was found near Ling-pao, Honan (see Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record).

[2] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office. Also see Original Bishop List, No. B-15, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Peter Johannes Bahr 1882-1929


Helmet. Patches of green patina and earthy incrustations.

Published References
  • Sueji Umehara. Shina kodo seikwa [Selected Relics of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from Collections in Europe and Asia]. 3 vols., Osaka. vol. 2: pl. 113.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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