Reclining water buffalo

Historical period(s)
Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W: 7.7 x 12 cm (3 1/16 x 4 3/4 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1919.54
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Sculpture
Type

Figure: water buffalo

Keywords
China, Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE), nephrite, water buffalo
Provenance

Reportedly excavated at An-hsi, Chekiang [1]

Duanfang (1861-1911) [2]

To 1919
You Xiaoxi (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai to 1919 [3]

1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from You Xiaoxi, in New York in 1919 [4]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [5]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record states: "Formerly in the collection of the Viceroy Tuan Fang, and said to have been excavated at An-hsi, Chekiang."

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1432, pg. 343, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[4] See note 3.

[5] 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
Duanfang 1861-1911
You Xiaoxi (C.L. Freer source) late 19th-early 20th century

Published References
  • Alfred Salmony. Chinese Jade Through the Wei Dynasty. New York, 1963. pl. 33, fig. 1.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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