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Disk (bi 璧)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 3300-2250 BCE
  • Geography

    Lake Tai region, China
  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    Diam x D: 17.5 x 1 cm (6 7/8 x 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number

    S1987.929
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_S1987.929

Object Details

  • Description

    Disk with biconical central hole; green brown mottled with some crystalline flakes, uneven surface and pitted. Seven chips on outside rim, three small holes on surface, and three indentations on surface; surface rough and degraded on both sides.
  • Provenance

    To 1959
    Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), Shanghai, China, London, England, Montreal, Canada, New York, NY, and Ridgefield, Connecticut
    [1]
    From 1963 to 1987
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from the Bahr Collection in 1963 [2]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.
    [2] See #97:
    "Green brown mottled with come crystalline flakes. Uneven surface and pitted. Disk with centre hole. Modern cord for suspension. Jade?" on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009, copy in object file.
    [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)
    In Praise of Ancestors: Ritual Objects from China (September 28, 1987 to January 1, 1989)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Abel William Bahr (1877-1959)
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
  • Origin

    Lake Tai region, China
  • Culture

    Liangzhu culture, ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Ceremonial Object
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