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Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 18 × 2.3 × 0.8 cm (7 1/16 × 7/8 × 5/16 in)
Ceremonial Object
Anyang, probably Henan province, China
ca. 1250-ca. 1050 BCE
Late Shang dynasty, Anyang period
Handle; dagger shaped; semitranslucent, cream white with gray areas on one side; slight earth incrustations; decoration: incised lines. (End broken and cracked.)
Acquired with a box, now lost.
To 1915
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), Shanghai, China, London, England, Montreal, Canada, New York, New York, and Ridgefield, Connecticut to 1915 [1]
From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Abel William Bahr in 1915 [2]
From 1920
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 761, pg. 168, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) was a collector and dealer born in Shanghai, China. After he left Shanghai in 1910, he lived, at various points in time, in London, Montreal, and Ridgefield, Connecticut. He established a gallery in New York City in 1920.
[2] See note 1.
[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings (February 25, 2023 to April 28, 2024)
Ancient Chinese Jade (September 4, 1980 to March 6, 1981)
Previous custodian or owner:
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty (ca. 1300 - 1050 BCE)  Search this
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Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
Restrictions & Rights:
On View:
Sackler Gallery 24b: Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings
Related Online Resources:
Google Cultural Institute
Jades for Life and Death
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery