8 Bone carvings

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At A Glance

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  • Period

    ca. 1250 - ca. 1050 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

    Bone
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (a): 6 × 1.6 × 0.8 cm (2 3/8 × 5/8 × 5/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    FSC-O-11a-h
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_FSC-O-11a-h

Object Details

  • Previous custodian or owner

    U.S. Customs Service
    Chen Rentao 陳仁濤 (1906-1968)
    Frank Caro (1904-1980)
  • Provenance

    To 1960
    J. D. Chen (died April 20, 1968), Hong Kong, and Frank Caro, C. T. Loo & Co., New York, to 1960 [1]
    From 1960 to 1979
    Department of Treasury, U. S. Customs Service [2]
    From 1979
    Freer Gallery of Art, from October 23, 1979 [3]
    [1] This object is one of a group of 88 objects (F80.104-F80.180, FSC-S-22-25 and FSC-O-11a-h) seized in 1960 by the U.S. Customs Service, Department of the Treasury, from the dealer and collector J.D. Chen, Hong Kong and Frank Caro of C. T. Loo & Co., New York.
    The objects were deemed to have been introduced into the commerce of the United States in violation of 19 U.S.C. 1592 (Trade with Communist China).
    [2] See note 1. The object’s ownership title is based on the settlement agreement, dated November 1971, between the United States, Chen Tung Siang Wen, the executrix for J.D. Chen Estate, and Frank Caro, copy in object file.
    See U.S. Customs Service Memorandum, April 23, 1979 and a letter from Thadeus Rojek, Chief Counsel, Department of the Treasury, U.S. Custom Service, to Marie C. Malaro, Assistant General Counsel, Smithsonian Institution, dated November 29, 1979, copy in object file. The objects remained in the custody of the U.S. Customs Service office in New York until 1979.
    [3] The object was transferred to the Freer Gallery of Art on October 23, 1979.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Transfer from the U.S. Customs Service
  • Type

    Tool and Equipment
  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 24c: Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings
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