Edgar Worch (1880-1972), Berlin. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Edgar Worch, Berlin. 
 Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Edgar Worch 1880-1972
Sword. The edges foliated and heavily encrusted; areas elsewhere of a light green aerugo. The pommel inlaid with a gold ornament; the guard with gold and turquoise; and the center of the blade on both sides with inscriptions inlaid with gold.
1. (From original folder sheet note 2) (J.E.L., 1929)
Inscription on the blade:
The last character doubtful, perhaps; also the ninth, which may be [chn]. The passage [chn] may refer to the decoration and inscription in gold; but it is not clear to me. The rest of the text means: "On the lucky day jen-wu, made for righteous use, -----I myself named it, calling it Shao-chin." [chn] may be a name, "I, Yu," etc. It is worth noting that [chn] chen was a common word for the pronouns I and me, but was appropriated by [chn] Ch'in Shih Huang-Ti for the royal We, Ourself.
The dealer reports that this sword is supposed to have been excavated near Kalgan.
- Published References
- Moruo Guo. Liang Chou chin wen tzu ta hsi tu lu kao shih: Inscriptions on bronzes of the Chou period. Tokyo. vol. 5: p. 279, b and c.
- Luo Zhenyu. Chen sung tang chi ku i wen [Ancient Inscriptions in the Collection of Lo Chen-yu]. multi-vol., . vol. 12: p. 20.
- Sueji Umehara. Shina kodo seikwa [Selected Relics of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from Collections in Europe and Asia]. 3 vols., Osaka. vol. 2: pl. 101.
- Otto Kümmel. Jörg Trübner zum Gedächtnis: Ergebnisse seiner letzten chinesischen Reisen. Berlin. pl. 35.
- Robert Dale Jacobsen. Inlaid Bronzes of Pre-Imperial China: A Classical Tradition and Its Later Revivals. 2 vols. Ann Arbor. pls. 60, 64, 65.
- Sueji Umehara. Etude des Bronzes des Royaumes Combattants. Memoire de Toho-bunka-gakuin Kyoto kenkyusho, vol. 7 Kyoto. p. 27, pl. 25, fig. 2.
- Huang Jun. Tsun ku chai so chien chi chin t'u/Zun gu zhai suo jian ji jin tu: Illustrations of bronzes seen by the author. Beijing. p. 43, pl. 4.
- Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 28, p. 70.
- Compiled by the staff of the Freer Gallery of Art. A Descriptive and Illustrative Catalogue of Chinese Bronzes: Acquired During the Administration of John Ellerton Lodge. Oriental Studies Series, no. 3 Washington, 1946. p. 99, pl. 50.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
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