Pendant in the form of a disk (yuan) with raised knobs

Historical period(s)
Warring States period, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 475-221 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
Diam x D: 12.4 x 0.6 cm (4 7/8 x 1/4 in)
Geography
China, Probably Jincun, Henan province
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1948.12
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Pendant

Keywords
carving, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), nephrite, Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1943
Yamanaka & Company, New York, to January 1943 [1]

From 1943 to 1948
C. T. Loo & Company, New York, purchased from Yamanaka & Company in January 1943 [2]

From 1948
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on July 14, 1948 [3]

Notes:

[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. NYL-43/481: "Round Jade Pi with a large hole and decorated on both sides with a field of small coils, creamy grey patina. Later Chou Diam 5 (in a wooden box)," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the pendant was purchased from Yamanaka & Company.

[2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard cited in note 1. On June 1, 1944, the pendant was taken by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination.

[3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated July 14, 1948, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948
Yamanaka and Co. 1917 - 1965

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 122, p. 171.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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