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Disk (bi 璧)

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 2250-1900 BCE
  • Geography

    Northwest China
  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    Diam x D: 13.9 × 0.6 cm (5 1/2 × 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Central hole slanted. Ridge on one side of outer edge. Light green translucent jade with darker markings in brown and tan. Chipped on outer edge.
  • Provenance

    From as early as 1931
    Wells Objects of Art (C. Edward Wells), New York, NY [1]
    To 1964
    Frank Caro Chinese Art, New York, NY mode of acquisition unknown [2]
    1964 to 1987
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, New York, NY purchased from Frank Caro Chinese Art on August 27, 1984 in New York, NY [3]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler in 1987 [4]
    [1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.
    Copy of the document in the accession file. C. Edward Wells operated Wells Objects of Art on Madison Avenue and specialized in Asian fine art. He incorporated his shop in July 1931.
    [2] Object included on invoice from Frank Caro Chinese Art, addressed to Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, 29 September 1966, inventoried as “W 153A”: Jade Large Huang, greenish with brown splashes, Shang, Diam: 5-1/2 ins.”
    [3] Arthur M. Sackler purchased the object from Frank Caro Chinese Art on 29 September 1966, copy of invoice located in accession file.
    [4] 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

    In Praise of Ancestors: Ritual Objects from China (September 28, 1987 to January 1, 1989)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Wells Objects of Art
    C. Edward Wells (1898-1991)
    Frank Caro Chinese Art (1962-1980)
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
  • Origin

    Northwest China
  • Culture

    Qijia culture, ca. 2250-ca.1900 BCE
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Ceremonial Object
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