Artist Chinese
  • Money Tree
  • Yao Qian Shu (alternate title)
Date 25 - 220 CE
Medium Stoneware with green glaze, patinated bronze
Dimensions Overall: 54 5/16 × 19 5/16 inches (138 × 49.1 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Fisher by exchange
Accession Number 1996.29.A
Department Asian Art
On View Chinese Art N1DD, Level 1 (see map)
(Tai Sing Co., Fine Antiques, Hong Kong, China);
1996-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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McCann, Lowell I., K. Trentelman, T. Possley, and B. Golding. “Corrosion of Ancient Chinese Bronze Money Trees Studied by Raman Microscopy,” Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 30 (1999): pp. 121-132.