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Disk (bi 璧)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 3300-ca. 2350 BCE
  • Geography

    (purportedly found at) Anxi, Zhejiang province, Lake Tai region, China
  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    Diam x D: 11.6 × 0.7 cm (4 9/16 × 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1919.34
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1919.34

Object Details

  • Description

    Perforated disk; some translucent spots, obverse: mottled fawn and dull olive green with whitish areas of incipient disintegration; reverse: fawn colored with traces only of olive green; surface contour uneven; some roughened areas. (Rim chipped.)
    Acquired with a box, now lost.
  • Provenance

    Reportedly excavated in An-hsi, Chekiang [1]
    Wu Dacheng (1835-1902) [2]
    To 1919
    You Xiaoxi (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1919 [3]
    1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from You Xiaoxi, in New York, in 1919 [4]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [5]
    Notes:
    [1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record states: "Formerly in the collection of Wu Ta-ch'eng, of Kiangsu, and said to have been excavated at An-hsi, Chekiang."
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1413, pg. 333, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [4] See note 3.
    [5] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Wu Dacheng 吳大澂 (1835-1902)
    You Xiaoxi 游篠溪 (late 19th-early 20th century) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    (purportedly found at) Anxi, Zhejiang province, Lake Tai region, China
  • Culture

    Liangzhu culture, ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Ceremonial Object
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