Fitting in the form of a supernatural creature

Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1050-771 BCE
Jade (nephrite) with traces of cinnabar
H x W x D: 5.7 x 2.2 x 1.2 cm (2 1/4 x 7/8 x 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament


carving, China, monster, nephrite, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), WWII-era provenance

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

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

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


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

[2] See #231: "Human figure with bird body. Thick, grey," 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)

Abel William Bahr 1877-1959
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Published References
  • John Johnston Chan Lai Pik. 5000 Years of Chinese Jade. Exh. cat. San Antonio, Texas, 2011. cat. 26, p. 61.
  • New Frontiers in Global Archaeology (Quan qiu hua bei jing xia kao gu xue xin qian yan): Defining China's Ancient Traditions (jie du Zhongguo gu dai chuan tong). New York, 2008. p. 310.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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