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Jade (nephrite)
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)
Ceremonial Object
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) [1]
From at least 1969 to 1970
Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), Washington, DC, and Mt. Kisco, NY [2]
From 1970
Freer Gallery of Art, bequeathed by Agnes E. Meyer, 1970 [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. 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.
[2] The object is included in Agnes E. Meyer’s will and testament dated December 23, 1969, copy in object file.
[3] See Agnes E. Meyer’s will and testament cited in note 2.
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