Pendant in the form of a dragon

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At A Glance

  • Period

    475-221 BCE
  • Geography

    purportedly found at Anhui province, Shou xian, probably Henan province, Jincun, China
  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 7.8 x 3.2 x 0.4 cm (3 1/16 x 1 1/4 x 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1939.17
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1939.17

Object Details

  • Previous custodian or owner

    Zhang Naiji 張乃驥 (1899-1948)
  • Provenance

    1928-1932
    Purportedly discovered in archaeological site at Anhui province, Shou xian, China [1]
    ?–1939
    Zhang Naiji (1899–1948), Shanghai, China, and New York, NY, from at least February 1939 [2]
    From 1939
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased through C. T. Loo and Company, New York, NY, from Zhang Naiji on April 17, 1939 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] The pendant traditionally was said to have been excavated in Anhui province, at Shou xian based on information provided by Zhang Naiji to John Ellerton Lodge at the time of acquisition; see John Ellerton Lodge’s note, 1939, in
    F1939.6 object file.
    [2] See object information sheet and “List of objects contemplated for purchase by Freer Gallery of Art,” approved on February 1, 1939, Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List, copies in object file. According to an annotation on the list, the purchase was made from C. T. Loo and Company, New York, acting as agent for the owner and the payment was made on April 17, 1939. Zhang Naiji (also known as N. C. Chang) was a businessman, born to a prestigious family in Zhejiang that made their wealth in the silk and salt industries. He collected ancient Chinese art objects and Chinese coins. Zhang amassed his collection whilst living in Shanghai,
    before leaving for America in 1938. Zhang did not return to China until 1946. While the earliest documentation of Zhang’s ownership of the jade dates to February 1939, we know that he acquired the objects in China before his departure.
    [3] See “List of objects contemplated for purchase by Freer Gallery of Art,” cited in note 2.
  • Origin

    purportedly found at Anhui province, Shou xian, probably Henan province, Jincun, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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