Sword Fitting

Historical period(s)
Western Han dynasty, 206-9 BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H: 6 cm (2 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Weapon and Armament

Weapon: sword fitting, guard

China, nephrite, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE), WWII-era provenance

From at least 1939
Zhang Naiji (1899-1948), Shanghai and New York, from at least February 1939 [1]

From 1939
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased through C.T. Loo & Company, New York from Zhang Naiji on April 17, 1939 [2]


[1] See "List of objects contemplated for purchase by Freer Gallery of Art," approved on February 1, 1939, Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the list, the purchase was made from C. T. Loo & Co., New York acting as agent for Zhang Naiji and the payment was made on April 17, 1939. Zhang Naiji was a well known collector of ancient Chinese art objects and Chinese coins. While the earliest documentation of Zhang's ownership of the jade dates to February 1939, it is known that Zhang left China in 1938 and did not return there until 1946 [information kindly provided by Daisy Yiyou Wang, email correspondence of May 20, 2009, in object file]. At the time of acquisition the object was attributed to Late Zhou dynasty and was said to have been excavated in Shouzhou, Anhui province, see J. E. Lodge's note, 1939, in F1939.6 object file.

[2] See "List of objects contemplated for purchase by Freer Gallery of Art," cited in note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Zhang Naiji 1899-1948
C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

Published References
  • Alfred Salmony. Chinese Jade Through the Wei Dynasty. New York, 1963. pl. 16, no. 2.
  • S. Howard Hansford. Chinese Carved Jades. The Arts of the East London. pl. 53b.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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