Plaque in the shape of a bird-headed creature

Historical period(s)
Eastern Zhou dynasty, 5th-3rd century BCE
Bronze with gold foil
H x W: 11.1 x 13.7 cm (4 3/8 x 5 3/8 in)
China, Xinzheng or Henan province
Credit Line
Gift of The Honorable and Mrs. Hugh Scott
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork


bird, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE)

Possibly from Xinzheng, Henan province, China [1]

To ?
Herbert Mueller (b. 1885), Beijing and Berlin [2]

To 1979
Senator and Mrs. Hugh Scott, Washington DC [3]

From 1979
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of the Senator and Mrs. Hugh Scott, Washington DC [4]


[1] Curatorial Remark 3 in the object record.

[2] Herbert Mueller (also known by his Chinese name, Mi Sunglin) established the Sunglin Collection (see Transactions of the Oriental Ceramics Society, Vol. 18, 1940-1941). See note 1.

[3] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office. Also see folder sheet note dated September 13, 1995, object file, Collections Managed Office.

[4] See note 3.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Senator and Mrs. Hugh Scott
Herbert Mueller 1885-1966

Published References
  • Gilded Metals: History, Technology and Conservation. London. p. 147, fig. 8.3.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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