Canopy fitting or finial

Historical period(s)
Eastern Zhou dynasty, 5th-4th century BCE
H x W x D: 10.5 x 5 x 5.5 cm (4 1/8 x 1 15/16 x 2 3/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Tool and Equipment

Chariot fitting: canopy finial

bird, Carl Whiting Bishop collection, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE)

Probably unearthed in Huoqiu (in the modern province of Anhui). [1]

To 1924
Orvar Karlbeck. [2]

From 1924
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased by Carl Whiting Bishop from Orvar Karlbeck. [3]


[1] See item X87, pg. 56 in “Part IV, List 2: A Complete List of Objects in the Bishop Collection” from Sarah L. Newmeyer’s Interim Report (1976), copy in the Carl Whiting Bishop Collection file, Collections Management Office. Also refer to Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file for location.

[2] Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.

[3] Curatorial Remark 2 and 6 in the object record. The object was transferred from the Freer Study Collection (Bishop Collection) to the permanent collection in August 8, 1974. Also see note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Orvar Karlbeck 1879-1967

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 15, p. 52.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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