Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), Shanghai, China, London, England, Montreal, Canada, New York, NY, and Ridgefield, Connecticut 
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 the Bahr Collection in 1963 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 
 According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.
 See #103: "Cream coloured calcification. Mud on surface. Disk with large centre hole. Outer edge divided in 2 sections with gropu of single and double teeth in each," on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009, copy in object file.
 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
This enigmatic, notched disk with its perhaps star-gazing connotation is seen here in an unusual form since it has only two notches and two areas of serrations rather than the usual three. Also, the flesh is reduced by means of a rather large aperture. Still, the piece is of such perfect workmanship and such correct quality of the stone and so capable of giving pleasure to the eye and touch that no question of later imitation need be entertained. The color is cream with greenish spotting. (Dirt and small red spot adhering to back, slight dirt in some of the notches; slight dirt accretions on glossy side; small old chip in outer edge.)
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum