Notched disk

Disk with outer edge divided in three sections and flanged with notched single and double teeth; translucent gray-green large center hole. (In good condition, with slight surface adhesions.)

Historical period(s)
Shang dynasty, ca. 1600-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
Diam x D: 10.6 × 0.6 cm (4 3/16 × 1/4 in) Diam (Hole): 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.455
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object: disk, notched

Keywords
China, nephrite, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1959
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), Shanghai, China, London, England, Montreal, Canada, New York, NY, and Ridgefield, Connecticut [1]

From 1959 to 1963
Edna H. Bahr (d. 1978), by descent from her father, Abel William Bahr

From 1963 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from Edna H. Bahr in 1963 [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]

Notes:

[1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.

[2] See #100: "Grey green somewhat transluscent. Disk with very large centre hohle. Outer edge divided in three sections, each [unreadable] groups of single and double teeth," on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009, copy in object file.

[3] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.

Previous Owner(s)

Edna H. Bahr died 1978
Abel William Bahr 1877-1959
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Description

Disk with outer edge divided in three sections and flanged with notched single and double teeth; translucent gray-green large center hole. (In good condition, with slight surface adhesions.)

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