Ancestor tablet with dragon

Rectangular plaque; low relief carving with dragon; notched edges; translucent greenish-white. (Calcification; brown spots; nicked flaws.)

Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1050-ca. 950 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 6 x 3.2 x 0.5 cm (2 3/8 x 1 1/4 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.565
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Ceremonial object

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

C.T. Loo & Company, New York [1]

To 1964
Frank Caro, C.T. Loo & Company, New York [2]

From 1964 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from Frank Caro on August 27, 1964 [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] F. Caro stock card no. 5656: "Jade plaque, with incised decoration on both sodes [sic]," according to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009. Frank Caro, Loo's associate, acquired C.T. Loo's stock after liquidation of C.T. Loo & Co. in 1950.

[3] See Frank Caro's invoice dated August 27, 1964, copy in object file provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.

[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)

Frank Caro 1904-1980
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
C.T. Loo & Company 1914 - 1948

Description

Rectangular plaque; low relief carving with dragon; notched edges; translucent greenish-white. (Calcification; brown spots; nicked flaws.)

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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