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Stone containing brucite and nesquehonite
H x W x D (.508): 2.1 x 4.8 x 0.5 cm (13/16 x 1 7/8 x 3/16 in)
H x W x D (.509): 2.1 x 4.9 x 0.4 cm (13/16 x 1 15/16 x 3/16 in)
Jewelry and Ornament
206 BCE-220 CE
Han dynasty
To 1959
Abel William Bahr (1877–1959), Shanghai, China; London, England; Montreal, Canada; New York, NY; and Ridgefield, Connecticut [1]
From 1959 to 1963
Edna Bahr (1907–1986) by inheritance upon the death of Abel William Bahr [2]
From 1963 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, NY, purchased from the Bahr Collection in 1963 [3]
From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [4]
[1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.
[2] Edna Bahr inherited upon the death of her father, Abel William Bahr. Edna Bahr divided the collection, making gifts to museums and selling to private collectors. She sold several pieces to Arthur M. Sackler in 1963.
[3] See #314: “Pair of eye plaques dull cream,” on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009, copy in object file.
[4] Pursuant to the agreement between 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
Exhibition History:
In Praise of Ancestors: Ritual Objects from China (September 28, 1987 to January 1, 1989)
Previous custodian or owner:
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959)
Edna H. Bahr (died 1978)
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
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Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Related Online Resources:
Google Cultural Institute
Jades for Life and Death
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery