Cylindrical bead

Roughly cylindrical bead form with longitudinal perforation bored from both sides leaving slight median ridge; richly mottled red, brown, and yellow; irregularly cut, high luster. One of a set of nine; see F1916.384 and F1916.759 to F1916.766.

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Maker(s)
Artist: Liangzhu culture 良渚 (ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x Diam: 3.7 x 1.3 cm (1 7/16 x 1/2 in)
Geography
China, Lake Tai region
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1916.759
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Bead

Keywords
carving, China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), nephrite
Provenance

To 1916
Wang Jiantang, Shanghai to 1916 [1]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Wang Jiantang in 1916 [2]

From 1920
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1026 B, pg. 223, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. This object is one of a group of nine beads that were purchased together (F1916.384 and F1916.759- .766).

[2] See note 1.

[3] 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
Wang Jiantang (C.L. Freer source) late 19th-early 20th century

Description

Roughly cylindrical bead form with longitudinal perforation bored from both sides leaving slight median ridge; richly mottled red, brown, and yellow; irregularly cut, high luster. One of a set of nine; see F1916.384 and F1916.759 to F1916.766.

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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