Scabbard slide (zhi)

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    300-200 BCE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 7.7 x 2 x 1.7 cm (3 1/16 x 13/16 x 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Previous custodian or owner

    Frank Caro Chinese Art (1962-1980)
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
  • Provenance

    By 1966
    Frank Caro Chinese Art, New York [1]
    1966 to 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased in New York City from Frank Caro Chinese Art on September 21, 1966 [2]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]
    [1] Frank Caro Chinese Art stock no. FC 3856:
    "Jade scabbard ornament for tassel. Late Chou. Tl: 3 ins.," according to invoice from Frank Caro Chinese Art to Arthur M. Sackler, September 21, 1966, copy in object file. As of September 2019, no corresponding stock card has been located in the C. T. Loo / Frank Caro Archive at the Musée Guimet, Paris.
    Frank Caro, C. T. Loo’s associate acquired C. T. Loo’s remaining stock after C. T. Loo liquidated C. T. Loo & Co., New York and closed C. T. Loo, INC, New York. Frank Caro took control on September 1, 1952 and operated as C. T. Loo Chinese Art and in 1962, began operating as Frank Caro Chinese Art. Objects that Frank Caro acquired after Loo left the daily operations in New York were often inventoried with an “FC” prefix.
    [2] See invoice cited in note 1.
    [3] Pursuant to the agreement between 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.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Weapon and Armament
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