Ornament with masks

Ornamental carving in high and low relief slightly damaged at top apparently by calcination.

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Marble
Dimensions
H x W x D: 8.6 × 5 × 2.6 cm (3 3/8 × 2 × 1 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1948.23
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament, Stone
Type

Ornament with relief decoration

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), China, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1948
F. Low-Beer & Co., New York, N.Y., from at least January 1948 [1]

From October 1948
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Fritz Low-Beer (1906-1976) on October 26, 1948 [2]

Notes:

[1] Fritz Low-Beer mentioned the carving in his correspondence with John A. Pope, Assistant Director, Freer Gallery of Art, see F. Low-Beer to J. A. Pope, January 8, 1948. The object was shipped to the Freer Gallery of Art for acquisition consideration on February 2, 1948, and approved for purchase next month, see R. W. Edwards to F. Low-Beer, February 2, 1948, and the document confirming the examination of the object and approval by the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, the Commission of Fine Arts, and Katherine Rhoades, dated March 24, 1948, copy in object file.

[2] See Low-Beer’s invoice, dated October 26, 1948, where the object is listed as “Marble carving with T’ao t’ie decoration. Said to come from Anyang (Honan). Shang,” copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

Fritz Low-Beer

Description

Ornamental carving in high and low relief slightly damaged at top apparently by calcination.

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