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Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 22.5 x 20.3 x 1.1 cm (8 7/8 x 8 x 7/16 in)
Diam (hole): 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in)
Ceremonial Object
Probably Anyang, Henan province, China
ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Late Shang dynasty
Previous custodian or owner:
Duanfang 端方 (1861-1911)
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer ((1875-1959) and (1887-1970))
Duanfang (1861-1911) [1]
From at least 1929 to 1968
Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), Washington, DC, and Mt. Kisco, NY, from at least January 12, 1929 [2]
From 1968
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Agnes E. Meyer in 1968 [3]
[1] The jade is included in Duanfang’s catalogue of his jade collection, published posthumously
in 1936 with a preface by Wang Dalong, see Duanfang, Taozhai gu yu tu vol. 1 (Shanghai, 1936), p. 1a. Duanfang was a late Qing dynasty government official and a well-known collector of Chinese art. See also Thomas Lawton, A Time of Transition: Two Collectors of Chinese Art (Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 1991), pp. 37-39, fig. 36.
[2] Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer lent the jade to an exhibition in Berlin in 1929, see Ausstellung Chinesischer Kunst Veranstaltet von der Gesellschaft für Ostasiatische Kunst und der Preußischen Akademie der Künste Berlin, exh. cat. (Berlin, January 12 – April 2, 1929), cat. 151, and Chinesische Kunst: zweihundert Hauptwerke der Ausstellung der Gesellschaft für Ostasiatische Kunst in der Preussischen Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 1929, herausgegeben von Otto Kümmel (Berlin: Bruno Cassirer Verlag, 1930), cat. XVIII.
[3] See Agnes E. Meyer’s Deed of Gift, dated July 24, 1967, where the jade is listed as no. 32 in the document’s Annex, copy in object file. The object was accessioned to the Freer Gallery’s collection in 1968.
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty (ca. 1300 - 1050 BCE)  Search this
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Credit Line:
Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
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Related Online Resources:
Google Cultural Institute
Jades for Life and Death
See more items in:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
On View:
Freer Gallery 19: Afterlife: Ancient Chinese Jades
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery