Axe-shaped tablet

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W: 14.1 x 7.5 cm (5 9/16 x 2 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Previous custodian or owner

    Emperor Lung Ch'ien
    You Xiaoxi 游篠溪 (late 19th-early 20th century) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Provenance

    Reportedly excavated in Shansi in the 18th century [1]
    Acquired by an unnamed connoissuer [2]
    Emperor Ch'ien-lung, given by an unnamed connoisuer [3]
    To 1919
    You Xiaoxi (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1919 [4]
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from You Xiaoxi in 1919 [5]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [6]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 6, H. E. Buckman, 1964, in the object record, states: "The Envelope File, which has now been destroyed, gave the following information: This particular [object], excavated in Shansi in the 18th century, was acquired
    by a connoisseur who presented it to the Emperor Ch'ien-lung, and bears on one side an incised inscription, 'Feng No. 130, Imperial Ch'ien-lung Art Series.'"
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1421, pg. 338, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [5] See note 4.
    [6] 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.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Ceremonial Object
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