Pendant in the form of a fish, one of a pair

Pendant incised fish in profile; large pierced hole at head; dark green with white clouds; large suspension hole. (Spotty calcification; minor deposits. Dark stain from old label [?]. Fine scratch on that same side.)

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.5 × 7.5 × 0.4 cm (1 × 2 15/16 × 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.475
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Jewelry

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

To 1959
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) [1]

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

1963-?
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from Edna H. Bahr in 1963 [2]

?-1980
Elizabeth Sackler, method of transfer unknown [3]

1980-1987
The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, gift of Elizabeth Sackler [4]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation [5]

Notes:

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

[2] See no. 180-11.28 on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009, copy in object file.

[3] See Letter to Elizabeth Sackler (Smith) from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation from December 31, 1980, copy in object file.

[4] See note 3.

[5] 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) and Custodian(s)

Edna H. Bahr died 1978
Abel William Bahr 1877-1959
Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler born 1948
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation founded 1965

Description

Pendant incised fish in profile; large pierced hole at head; dark green with white clouds; large suspension hole. (Spotty calcification; minor deposits. Dark stain from old label [?]. Fine scratch on that same side.)

Published References
  • J. Keith Wilson, Jingmin Zhang. Jades for Life and Death. .
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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