Afterlife: Ancient Chinese Jades Object Gallery

Objects 1 – 71 of 71

Straight chisel (guiๅœญ) with face and bird

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3000-ca. 1700 BCE
China
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 18.3 x 3.4 x 0.8 cm (7 3/16 x 1 5/16 x 5/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1915.87

Dagger-axe (ge ๆˆˆ), fragment reworked

Erlitou culture or early Shang dynasty, ca. 2000-ca. 1400 BCE
China, probably Henan province
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 8.6 x 31.4 x 0.8 cm (3 3/8 x 12 3/8 x 5/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1915.108

One-tier tube (cong ็ฎ) with masks

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 4.5 x 7.2 x 7.2 cm (1 3/4 x 2 13/16 x 2 13/16 in)
Diam (hole): 5.9 cm (2 5/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1916.118

Disk (bi) with knobs, feline and dragon

Eastern Han dynasty, 100-220
China
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 22 x 15.2 x 0.7 cm (8 11/16 x 6 x 1/4 in)
Diam (hole): 2.6 cm (1 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1916.155

Forked blade (zhang ็’‹)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 2000-1700 BCE
China, probably Shaanxi province, Shenmu Shimao
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 36.5 x 7.4 x 0.3 cm (14 3/8 x 2 15/16 x 1/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1916.162

Forked blade (zhang ็’‹)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 2000-1600 BCE
China, probably Henan province
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 37 x 8.2 x 0.3 cm (14 9/16 x 3 3/16 x 1/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1916.165

Eleven-tier tube (cong ็ฎ) with masks

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 28.5 x 7.5 x 7.6 cm (11 3/16 x 2 15/16 x 3 in)
Diam (hole): 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1916.410

Forked blade (zhang ็’‹)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 2000-1700 BCE
China, probably Shaanxi province, Shenmu Shimao
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 43.7 x 8.8 x 0.7 cm (17 3/16 x 3 7/16 x 1/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1916.491

Forked blade (zhang ็’‹)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 2000-1700 BCE
China, probably Shaanxi province, Shenmu Shimao
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 29 x 5.4 x 0.3 cm (11 7/16 x 2 1/8 x 1/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1916.494

Axe (fu ๆ–ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 12 ร— 16.3 ร— 0.7 cm (4 11/16 ร— 6 7/16 ร— 1/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1916.498

Two-tier tube (cong ็ฎ) with masks

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, purportedly found at Xiaxi, Zhejiang province
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 6.5 x 9.5 x 9.4 cm (2 9/16 x 3 3/4 x 3 11/16 in)
Diam (hole): 6.2 cm (2 7/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1916.499

Head ornament with mask

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, purportedly found at Xiaxi, Zhejiang province
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 6.9 x 8 x 1 cm (2 11/16 x 3 3/16 x 3/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1916.511

Axe shaft cap

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 3.2 x 7.2 x 2.4 cm (1 1/4 x 2 13/16 x 15/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1916.512

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 18.7 x 1.3 cm (7 3/8 x 1/2 in)
Diam (hole): 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.19

Tube (cong ็ฎ)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 2250-ca. 1900 BCE
Northwest China
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 4.4 x 5.6 x 5.4 cm (1 3/4 x 2 3/16 x 2 1/8 in)
Diam (hole): 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.41

Disk (bi ็’ง) with knobs

Late Neolithic period, reworked and decorated in late Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, or Qing dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
China
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 16.9 x 1.2 cm (6 5/8 x 1/2 in)
Diam (hole): 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.50

Three-tier tube (cong ็ฎ) with masks

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 10.4 x 13.9 x 13.9 cm (4 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in)
Diam (hole): 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in)
Diam (hole): 6.1 cm (2 3/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.65a-d

Axe (fu ๆ–ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 2000-1700 BCE
China
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 15.8 x 22.6 x 0.6 cm (6 3/16 x 8 7/8 x 1/4 in)
Diam (hole): 1.4 cm (9/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.78

Disk (bi ็’ง) with incised glyph

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 31.8 x 1.4 cm (12 1/2 x 9/16 in)
Diam (hole): 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in)
H x W (inscription): 4.8 ร— 1.9 cm (1 7/8 ร— 3/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.79

Bracelet

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3000-1700 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 14 x 0.5 cm (5 1/2 x 3/16 in)
Diam (hole): 7 cm (2 3/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.81

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 17.3 x 1.3 cm (6 13/16 x 1/2 in)
Diam (hole): 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.83

Five-tier tube (cong ็ฎ) with masks

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 14.5 x 6.7 x 7 cm (5 11/16 x 2 5/8 x 2 3/4 in)
Diam (hole): 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.95

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3000-ca. 1700 BCE
China
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 16.8 x 0.7 cm (6 5/8 x 1/4 in)
Diam (hole): 6.2 cm (2 7/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.136

Bracelet with animal heads

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
H x Diam: 1.3 x 9.9 cm (1/2 x 3 7/8 in)
Diam (hole): 6.1 cm (2 7/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.141a-b

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, but purportedly found in Shaanxi
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 26.3 x 1.6 cm (10 3/8 x 5/8 in)
Diam (hole): 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.344

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, purportedly found at Anxi, Zhejiang province
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 24.7 x 1.4 cm (9 3/4 x 9/16 in)
Diam (hole): 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.345

Disk (bi ็’ง) with incised glyph

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, purportedly found at Anxi, Zhejiang province
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 24.5 x 1.3 cm (9 5/8 x 1/2 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.346

Disk (bi ็’ง) with incised glyph and decorated edge

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, purportedly found at Anxi, Zhejiang province
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 23.6 x 1.4 cm (9 1/4 x 9/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.348

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, purportedly found in Zhejiang province
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 22.5 x 1.7 cm (8 7/8 x 11/16 in)
Diam (hole): 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.350

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, purportedly found at Anxi, Zhejiang province
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 19.3 x 2.4 cm (7 5/8 x 15/16 in)
Diam (hole): 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.354

Disk (bi) with knobs

Warring States period or early Han dynasty, 475-100 BCE
China
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 0.4 x 17.1 cm (3/16 x 6 3/4 in)
Diam (hole): 4 cm (1 9/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.356

Head ornament

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, but purportedly found in Shaanxi province
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 3.1 ร— 6 ร— 7 cm (1 1/4 ร— 2 3/8 ร— 2 3/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.378c

Head ornament

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, but purportedly found in Shaanxi province
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 2.9 ร— 5.8 ร— 0.6 cm (1 1/8 ร— 2 5/16 ร— 1/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.378d

Head ornament with mask

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, purportedly found at Anxi, Zhejiang province
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 5.5 x 6.6 x 0.7 cm (2 1/8 x 2 5/8 x 5/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.380

Decorative fitting for an ornamental comb

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, but purportedly found in Shaanxi
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 3.4 x 7.9 x 0.5 cm (1 5/16 x 3 1/8 x 3/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.382

Arc-shaped pendant (huang ็’œ)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3500-2700 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 3.3 x 9.5 x 0.8 cm (1 5/16 x 3 3/4 x 5/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.383

One-tier tube (cong ็ฎ) with masks

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, but purportedly found in Shaanxi
Jade (nephrite)
H x Diam: 3.5 x 6.8 cm (1 3/8 x 2 11/16 in)
Diam (hole): 5.8 cm (2 1/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.384

Bracelet with incised glyphs

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, but purportedly found in Shaanxi province
Jade (nephrite)
H x Diam: 3.9 ร— 6.4 cm (1 1/2 ร— 2 1/2 in)
Diam (top opening): 5.9 cm (2 5/16 in)
Diam (bottom opening): 5.6 cm (2 3/16 in)
H x W (inscription): 1.9 ร— 3.1 cm (3/4 ร— 1 1/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.385

Dagger-axe (ge ๆˆˆ)

Erlitou culture or early Shang dynasty, ca. 2000-ca. 1400 BCE
China, Probably Henan province
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 11.8 x 84.1 x 0.9 cm (4 11/16 x 33 1/8 x 3/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1917.396.1

Harvesting knife (hu ็ฌ) with mask and felines, fragment

Late Neolithic period, ca. 2000-1700 BCE
China
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 72 x 18.6 x 0.8 cm (28 3/8 x 7 5/16 x 5/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1918.1.1

Eight-tier tube (cong ็ฎ) with masks

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 20.8 x 6.9 x 6.9 cm (8 3/16 x 2 11/16 x 2 11/16 in)
Diam (hole): 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1918.14

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 16.1 x 1.3 cm (6 3/8 x 1/2 in)
Diam (hole): 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1918.25

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 14 x 1.5 cm (5 1/2 x 9/16 in)
Diam (hole): 4 cm (1 9/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1918.26

Disk (bi) with knobs

Warring States period, Eastern Zhou dynasty, 475-221 BCE
China
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 18.6 x 0.5 cm (7 5/16 x 3/16 in)
Diam (hole): 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1918.27

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 17.2 x 1 cm (6 3/4 x 3/8 in)
Diam (hole): 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1918.28

Dagger-axe (ge ๆˆˆ)

Erlitou culture or early Shang dynasty, ca. 2000-ca. 1400 BCE
China, probably Henan province
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 10.2 x 67.1 x 0.6 cm (4 x 26 7/16 x 1/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.13a-c

Dagger-axe (ge ๆˆˆ)

Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-1050 BCE
China, probably Henan province, Henan
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 6.3 ร— 25.2 ร— 0.4 cm (2 1/2 ร— 9 15/16 ร— 1/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.17a-b

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, purportedly found at Anxi, Zhejiang province
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 23.5 x 1.2 cm (9 1/4 x 1/2 in)
Diam (hole): 4.3 cm (1 11/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.18

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, but purportedly found at Luoyang , Henan province
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 16 x 1.2 cm (6 1/4 x 1/2 in)
Diam (hole): 4.3 cm (1 11/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.27

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 2000-1000 BCE
China, Sichuan Province, but purportedly found at Luoyang, Henan province
Jade (serpentine)
Diam x D: 30 x 1.5 cm (11 13/16 x 5/8 in)
Diam (hole): 6.6 cm (2 9/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.31

Axe (fu ๆ–ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, purportedly found at Luoyang, Henan
Stone (metasomatic rock)
H x W x D: 13.3 x 17.7 x 1.2 cm (5 1/4 x 6 15/16 x 7/16 in)
Diam (hole): 4.5 cm (1 13/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.39

Bracelet with geometric decoration

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, purportedly found at Xiaxi, Zhejiang province
Jade (nephrite)
H x Diam: 5 x 7.3 cm (1 15/16 x 2 7/8 in)
Diam (hole): 6.7 cm (2 5/8 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.46

One-tier tube (cong ็ฎ) with masks

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 3.7 x 7.6 x 7.5 cm (1 7/16 x 3 x 2 15/16 in)
Diam (hole): 6.3 cm (2 7/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.47

Bracelet

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3500-2700 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
H x Diam: 1.8 x 8.5 cm (3/4 x 3 5/16 in)
Diam (hole): 5.3 cm (2 1/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.48

Tube (cong ็ฎ)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3000-ca. 1700 BCE
China
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 5.6 x 6.9 x 6.8 cm (2 3/16 x 2 11/16 x 2 11/16 in)
Diam (hole): 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.51

Disk (bi ็’ง) with incised glyph (fragment)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region, but purportedly found in Shanxi
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 17.5 x 1.4 cm (6 7/8 x 9/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.58a-c

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 2000-1000 BCE
China, Sichuan Province, but purportedly found at Luoyang, Henan province
Jade (serpentine)
Diam x D: 25.5 x 1.2 cm (10 1/16 x 7/16 in)
Diam (hole): 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.59

Dagger-axe (ge ๆˆˆ), fragment reworked

Erlitou culture or early Shang dynasty, ca. 2000-ca. 1400 BCE
China, probably Shaanxi province
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 6.2 x 31.1 x 0.8 cm (2 7/16 x 12 1/4 x 5/16 in)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1919.61

Ornament (shi ้ฃพ) with face and masks

Late Neolithic period, ca. 2500 – 2000 BCE
China, Middle Yangzi valley, Hubei province
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 7.3 ร— 3.2 ร— 0.6 cm (2 7/8 ร— 1 1/4 ร— 1/4 in)
Purchase โ€” Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1939.54

Dagger-axe (ge ๆˆˆ)

Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Bronze with turquoise inlay and jade (nephrite) blade
H x W x D (overall): 34.5 x 17.5 x 5.4 cm (13 9/16 x 6 7/8 x 2 1/8 in)
Purchase โ€” Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1940.10a-d

Axe (yue ้‰ž)

Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Bronze with turquoise inlay and jade (nephrite) blade
H x W x D (overall): 21.3 x 7.9 x 2.1 cm (8 3/8 x 3 1/8 x 13/16 in)
Purchase โ€” Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1941.4

Dagger-axe (ge ๆˆˆ)

Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Bronze with turquoise inlay and jade (nephrite) blade
H x W x D (overall): 10.6 ร— 41.9 ร— 0.9 cm (4 3/16 ร— 16 1/2 ร— 3/8 in)
Purchase โ€” Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1941.5

Ornament (shi้ฃพ) with mask

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3000 – 1700 BCE
China
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 4.6 x 4.1 x 1.6 cm (1 13/16 x 1 5/8 x 5/8 in)
Purchase โ€” Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1953.9

Disk (bi ็’ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 2250-1900 BCE
Northwest China
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 46 x 1.5 cm (18 1/8 x 9/16 in)
Diam (hole): 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in)
Purchase โ€” Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1956.16

Axe (yue ้‰ž), made from a collared disk

Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
China, Henan province, Probably Anyang
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 22.5 x 20.3 x 1.1 cm (8 7/8 x 8 x 7/16 in)
Diam (hole): 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in)
Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1968.48

Axe (yue ้‰ž), made from a collared disk

Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
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)
Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1970.39

Harvesting knife (hu ็ฌ)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3000-2500 BCE
China
Stone (schist)
H x W x D: 3.5 x 13.6 x 0.8 cm (1 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 5/16 in)
Purchase โ€” Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1979.39

Axe (fu ๆ–ง)

Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Corundum with diaspore (aluminous metamorphic rock)
H x W x D: 11.8 x 14.6 x 0.7 cm (4 5/8 x 5 3/4 x 1/4 in)
Diam (hole): 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in)
Collection of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer. Gift of Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Freer Gallery of Art

Freer Gallery of Art
F1998.4

Disk (bi) with knobs, masks and birds

Western Han dynasty, BCE 206-9 CE
China
Jade (nephrite)
H x Diam: 0.7 x 27.1 cm (5/16 x 10 11/16 in)
Diam (hole): 9.1 cm (3 9/16 in)
Bequest of Mrs. Katharine Graham
Freer Gallery of Art
F2002.16a-b

Thirteen-tier tube (cong ็ฎ) with masks

Late Neolithic period, 3300-2250 BCE
China, Lake Tai region
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D (cong): 32.6 ร— 6.9 ร— 6.8 cm (12 13/16 ร— 2 11/16 ร— 2 11/16 in)
Purchase โ€” Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F2016.2a-d

Notched disk

Shang dynasty, ca. 1600-ca. 1050 BCE
China, probably Henan province
Jade (serpentine)
Diam x D: 33.3 ร— 0.8 cm (13 1/8 ร— 5/16 in)
Diam (hole): 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in)
Purchase โ€” funds provided by Charles Lang Freer Endowment, Lois S. Raphling, and the Sylvia and Alexander Hassan Family Foundation
Freer Gallery of Art
F2017.5a-c