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Catalog Data

Medium:
Serpentine
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 7.3 x 5 x 11.4 cm (2 7/8 x 1 15/16 x 4 1/2 in)
Type:
Sculpture
Origin:
China
Date:
ca. 5000-1700 BCE
Period:
Late Neolithic period
Description:
This small figure of a ram is sculpted naturalistically with charming directness. It stands on short, stumpy legs, its heavy rump slightly set back. Both fore and hind haunches are described subtly as smooth undulating planes, and the head and neck are also modelled with similar fluidity. The ram's distinguishing feature, the curled horns, stands out clearly from its head. No eyes are visible; a straight groove suggests a mouth. Two shallow depressions, serving apparently no descriptive function, appear inside the loop described by the horns.
Provenance:
From 1960s to 1959
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) [1]
From 1959 to 1971-1972
Edna H. Bahr (d. 1978), by descent from her father, Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) [2]
From 1971-1972 to ?
Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (1929-2014), purchased from Edna H. Bahr [3]
From ? to 1998
Carter Fine Art Limited, acquired from Robert Hatfield Ellsworth? [4]
From 1998
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Carter Fine Art Limited [5]
Notes:
[1] According to Curatorial Remark 7 in the object record.
[2] See note 1.
[3] See note 1.
[4] See note 1.
[5] See note 1.
Collection:
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
Previous custodian or owner:
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959)
Edna H. Bahr (1907-1986)
Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (1929-2014)
Caseset Limited
Topic:
Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE)  Search this
China  Search this
Chinese Art  Search this
ram  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
F1998.81
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye35d326d43-fb19-4c3a-a622-6ea20342a70a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1998.81