Eastern Zhou–Western Han dynasty (770 B.C.–A.D. 9)
3rd–2nd century B.C.
Diam. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); D. 3/8 in. (1cm)
Purchase, Sir Joseph Hotung Gift, 2008
Not on view
Purchased by The Metropolitan Museum of Art at Christie’s, New York, on March 19, 2008, lot 481. The Christie’s sales catalogue stated that the consignors, the McPhersons, acquired the work in the 1980s. The work was offered for sale at Sotheby’s, New York, on June 12, 1984, as lot 34, but did not sell. The McPhersons may have acquired it from Sotheby’s after that sale. Publication Information: The work was published in the Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions.
Sale, Sotheby's, New York , June 12, 1984, lot 34; probably to McPhersons; Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm E. McPherson , San Francisco (1980s–2008; to Christie's); [ Christie's, New York , Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art; March 18, 2008, lot 481, to MMA]