Leaping lion

Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, 7th century
H x W x D: 6.7 x 11.2 x 6.7 cm (2 5/8 x 4 7/16 x 2 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase -- funds provided by members of the Sackler family, Thomas Colville, Mr. and Mrs. James R. Lilley, George J. Fan, and James Lally
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


China, lion, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)

To 1978
Rafi Y. Mottahedeh (d. 1978), New York. [1]

From 1978 to 1997
Mildred R. Mottahedeh (1908-2000), New York, ownership transferred to Mrs. Mottahedeh after the death of her husband. [2]

J. J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art, New York, acquired from Mildred R. Mottahedeh, New York. [3]

From 1997
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from J.J. Lally & Co., New York. [4]


[1] See object file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See notes dated October 6, 1997, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See Memorandum dated Feb 7, 1997 and invoice from J.J. Lally & Co., copies in object file, Collections Management Office.

[4] See Acquisition Consideration Form, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

J.J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art
Rafi Y. and Mildred R. Mottahedeh 1908-2000

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 224-225.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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