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Jade (nephrite)
H x Diam (overall): 1.6 x 11.6 cm (5/8 x 4 9/16 in)
Diam (hole): 6.1 cm (2 3/8 in)
Jewelry and Ornament
Anyang, probably Henan province, China
ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Late Shang dynasty, Anyang period
Disk with projecting ring around central perforation; opaque gray with white and dark blue clouds. (Areas of calcification; nicks on edge and flange, chip on flange; repaired crack.)
(Jenny F. So, Jade Project Database, entered March 24, 2009) Opaque light and dark gray with white and dark blue patches (see Sanxingdui 三星堆 material); cracked (repaired). Dull polish, almost none on outer wall of collar. Hole large, about half the overall diameter of disk (see S1987.457, S1987.654). Irregularly round, collar uneven in height. Wall of collar not finished or shaped in special way.
To 1959
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), Shanghai, China, London, England, Montreal, Canada, New York, NY, and Ridgefield, Connecticut
From 1963 to 1987
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from the Bahr collection in 1963 [2]
From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]
[1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.
[2] See #105: "Opaque grey with dark blue clouds. Crack in disk. Numerous chips on edge of disk, and flange," on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009, copy in object file.
[3] Pursuant to the agreement between Dr. Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Previous custodian or owner:
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959)
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty (ca. 1300 - 1050 BCE)  Search this
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Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery