H x W x D: 19.8 x 20 x 0.8 cm (7 13/16 x 7 7/8 x 5/16 in)
Diam (opening): 6.2 cm (2 7/16 in)
Anyang, probably 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) 
From at least 1969 to 1970
Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), Washington, DC, and Mt. Kisco, NY 
Freer Gallery of Art, bequeathed by Agnes E. Meyer, 1970 
 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. 1:3a.
Duanfang was a late Qing 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. 37.
An inscription on the box with which the jade was acquired reads: “Zhou, gu bi, Tao zhai zhen cang"; a reference to the Taozhai, Duanfang’s studio provides another indication that the jade was in Duanfang’s collection.
 The object is included in Agnes E. Meyer’s will and testament dated December 23, 1969, copy in object file.
 See Agnes E. Meyer’s will and testament cited in note 2.
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty (ca. 1300 - 1050 BCE) Search this