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Harvesting knife (
笏) with mask and felines, fragment
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Box inscription by Chu Deyi 褚德彝 (1871-1942)
H x W x D: 72 x 18.6 x 0.8 cm (28 3/8 x 7 5/16 x 5/16 in)
Longshan culture, ca. 3000-ca. 1700 BCE
ca. 2000-1700 BCE
Late Neolithic period
Previous custodian or owner:
Duanfang 端方 (1861-1911)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
Duanfang (1861-1911), Peking 
Seaouke Yue (You Xiaoxi), Shanghai, to 1918 
1918 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Seaouke Yue in New York in 1918 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 According to Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.
 See Original Miscellaneous List, pg. 319, and Special Voucher No. 28, January 1918, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 2.
 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.
Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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