Tubular head ornament

Armlet (?) irregular cylinder; flared at one end, one side elongated; undecorated; translucent yellow-green. (Interior cracks; chips one end.)

Maker(s)
Artist: Forgery in the style of the Neolithic Hongshan culture 紅山 (ca. 3800-ca. 2700 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, 20th century
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W: 14.6 x 9.5 cm (5 3/4 x 3 3/4 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.626
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Head ornament

Keywords
carving, China, forgery, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), nephrite, 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 stockcard no. E-5836: "Jade sleeve weight, greenish jade with streaks...Oval shape and slightly conical toward the top," 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
C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Description

Armlet (?) irregular cylinder; flared at one end, one side elongated; undecorated; translucent yellow-green. (Interior cracks; chips one end.)

Published References
  • Elizabeth Childs-Johnson Fang Gu. Yuqi shidai: Meiguo bowuguan cang Zhongguo zaoqi yuqi (The Jade Age: Early Chinese Jades in American Museums). Beijing, 2009. p. 32.
  • Dr. Paul Singer. Chinese Art: A Thousand Masterpieces from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Washington, DC, 2000. p. 62.
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 32a, p. 76.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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