Forked blade (zhang 璋)

Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3000-1700 BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 41 x 6.5 x 1 cm (16 1/8 x 2 9/16 x 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceremonial Object, Jade

Ceremonial object

China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), WWII-era provenance

In 1939
C.T. Loo & Company, New York in September 1939 [1]

From 1939
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on November 30, 1939 [2]


[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 86519: "Jade knife, Shang," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. See also "List of objects owned by C. T. Loo & Co., New York and [left] at the Gallery for examination," with an annotation that the piece was delivered by Loo on November 4, 1939, copy in object file.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated November 30, 1939, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company 1914 - 1948

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