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Catalog Data

Medium:
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions:
Diam x D: 7 x 0.4 cm (2 3/4 x 3/16 in)
Diam (hole): 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in)
Type:
Jewelry and Ornament
Origin:
but purportedly found at Anhui province, Shou xian, probably Henan province, Jincun, China
Date:
475-221 BCE
Period:
Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period
Provenance:
About 1930
Reportedly discovered in archeological site at Shouzhou, Anhui Province, China [1]
To 1939
Zhang Naiji (1899-1948), Shanghai, China and New York, NY from at least February 1939 [2]
From 1939
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased through C. T. Loo & Company, New York from Zhang Naiji on April 17, 1939 [3]
Notes:
[1] The pendant traditionally was said to have been excavated in Shouzhou, Anhui Province based on information provided by Zhang Naiji to John E. Lodge at the time of acquisition, see J.E. Lodge's note, 1939, in F1939.6 object file.
[2] See object information sheet and "List of objects contemplated for purchase by Freer Gallery of Art," approved on February 1, 1939, Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, copies in object file. According to an annotation on the list, the purchase was made from C. T. Loo & Company, New York acting as agent for the owner and the payment was made on April 17, 1939.
Zhang Naiji (also known as N.C. Chang) was a businessman, born to a prestigious family in Zhejiang that made their wealth in the silk and salt industries. He collected ancient Chinese art objects and Chinese coins. Zhang amassed his collection whilst living in Shanghai, before leaving for America in 1938. Zhang did not return to China until 1946.
While the earliest documentation of Zhang's ownership of the jade dates to February 1939, we know that he acquired the objects in China before his departure.
[3] See "List of objects contemplated for purchase by Freer Gallery of Art," cited in note 2.
Collection:
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Chinese Art (February 18, 1983 to April 1, 1987)
Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Community, 480-222 B.C. (September 30, 1982 to February 17, 1983)
Ancient Chinese Jade (September 4, 1980 to March 6, 1981)
Chinese Bronze, Jade, Marble (March 1, 1957 to January 1, 1963)
Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 14 and 15 (February 25, 1956 to March 1, 1957)
Untitled Exhibition, Ancient Chinese Art, 1955 (October 24, 1955 to February 25, 1956)
Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Art, 1955 (August 26, 1955 to October 25, 1955)
Untitled Exhibition, Ancient Chinese Art, 1945 (January 9, 1945 to August 20, 1955)
Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Art, 1944 (November 15, 1944 to May 6, 1946)
Untitled Exhibition, Ancient Chinese Art, 1943 (March 22, 1943 to November 17, 1944)
Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Metalwork (March 14, 1931 to March 22, 1943)
Previous custodian or owner:
Zhang Naiji 張乃驥 (1899-1948)
Topic:
Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE)  Search this
China  Search this
Chinese Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
F1939.9
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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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
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye36745ac51-329d-44c2-bb8d-91ee34798683
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1939.9