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At A Glance

  • Period

    13th-16th centuries
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 4.8 x 12 x 7 cm (1 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Provenance

    From at least 1954 to 1968
    Desmond Gure (1905-1970), London, from at least 1954 [1]
    From 1968 to 1987
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), New York, purchased from Desmond Gure on January 10, 1968 [2]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]
    [1] Gure lent the object to an exhibition organized by Jean-Pierre Dubosc in Venice in 1954, see Mostra d’arte Cinese: catalogo / Exhibition of Chinese Art: Catalogue (Venice: Alfieri Editore, 1954), cat. 224 (ill.), listed as “Coll. Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Gure, London.”
    See also typed, undated inventory of Desmond Gure’s collection, “List 1 – Objects Not Exhibited at Stockholm 1963,” no. 64: “A jade two handled cup, green with brown striations, formed as eight well defined lobes, the foot similarly formed, the top of the handles engraved with tiger masks – 4 ¾ in wide – T’ang / Sung Dynasty – Fitted Box,” copy in object file.
    [2] According to information provided by Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in October 2009, Arthur M. Sackler purchased the jade as part of Desmond Gure’s jade collection on January 10, 1968.
    See “Arthur M. Sackler Gift: Chinese Jades: Summary,” where the object is listed under Sackler Collection no. J-1322 and identified as S1987.27.
    [3] Pursuant to the agreement between Dr. Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Arts of China (November 18, 1990 to September 7, 2014)
    Pavilions and Immortal Mountains: Chinese Decorative Art and Paintings (September 28, 1987 to February 28, 1988)
    Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution at the Royal Scottish Museum (August 11, 1984 to November 5, 1984)
    Mostra d'arte Cinese (1954)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Desmond Gure (1905-1970)
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

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