Pendant with dragon heads and interlaced dragons, unfinished

Historical period(s)
Spring and Autumn period, Eastern Zhou dynasty, ca. 600-476 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 12.4 x 5.1 x 0.4 cm (4 7/8 x 2 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.522
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Pendant

Keywords
carving, China, dragon, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), Spring and Autumn period (770 - 476 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]

1959-1963
Edna Bahr (1907-1986) by inheritance upon the death of Abel William Bahr [2]

From 1963 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, NY, purchased from the Bahr Collection in 1963 [3]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [4]

Notes:

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

[2] Edna Bahr inherited upon the death of her father, Abel William Bahr. Edna Bahr divided the collection, making gifts to museums and selling to private collectors. She sold several pieces to Arthur M. Sackler in 1963.

[3] See #358: “Double tiger pendant—one side engraved on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation on October 9, 2009, entitled Bahr Collection, copy in object file.

[4] 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. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

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