Straight chisel (gui)

Historical period(s)
Eastern Zhou dynasty, 3rd century BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W: 27.2 x 7 cm (10 11/16 x 2 3/4 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1916.496
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object

Keywords
China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), nephrite
Provenance

Possibly excavated in Shansi [1]

To 1916
You Xiaoxi, Shanghai, to 1916 [2]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from You Xiaoxi, in New York in 1916 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record, this object was "said to have been excavated in Shansi."

[2] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1042, pg. 232, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919
You Xiaoxi (C.L. Freer source) late 19th-early 20th century

Published References
  • S. Howard Hansford. Chinese Carved Jades. The Arts of the East London. pl. 24.
  • Alfred Salmony. Chinese Jade Through the Wei Dynasty. New York, 1963. pl. 15, no. 1.
  • You Xiaoxi, Hsiao-chi Yu in, Chi-Tseng Chang. Masterpieces of Chinese National Art: The Collection of Mr. Seaouke'e Yue. Shanghai, 1916. no. 17.
  • Na Chih-liang. "玉器通史." Yu ch'i t'ung shih (A General Study of Chinese Jade). Hong Kong, 1965. p. 24, fig. 28.
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 109, p. 161.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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