Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Catalog Data

Jade (neprhite) imported from the northeast
H x W x D: 7 × 3 × 1.5 cm (2 3/4 × 1 3/16 × 9/16 in)
Jewelry and Ornament
Anyang, probably Henan province, China
ca. 1250-ca. 1050 BCE
Late Shang dynasty, Anyang period
Pendant kui 夔; curved; pierced; translucent light yellow-green. (Minor flaws.)
Abel William Bahr (1877–1959), Shanghai, China, London, England, Montreal, Canada, New York, NY, and Ridgefield, Connecticut [1]
From 1959 to 1963
Edna H. Bahr (d. 1978), by descent from her father, Abel William Bahr
From 1963 to 1987
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from Edna H. Bahr in 1963 [2]
From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler in 1987 [3]
[1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.
[2] See note 1.
[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
Exhibition History:
Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings (February 25, 2023 to April 28, 2024)
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)
dragon  Search this
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty (ca. 1300 - 1050 BCE)  Search this
China  Search this
Chinese Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
On View:
Sackler Gallery 23b: Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings
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