Pendant in the form of a taotie

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 13th-11th century BCE
Medium
Jade with traces of cinnabar
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5 x 4.3 x 0.5 cm (1 15/16 x 1 11/16 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.680
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Jewelry

Keywords
animal, carving, China, mask, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From 1925
C. T. Loo & Co., Paris and New York, from at least 1925 [1]

Mrs. Christian R. (Bettie F.) Holmes (1871-1941), New York and "The Chimneys," Sands Point, Port Washington, Long Island [2]

To 1959
Tonying and Company, New York, to November 25, 1959 [3]

From 1959 to 1987
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), New York, purchased from Tonying and Company on November 25, 1959 [4]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [5]

Notes:

[1] See Paul Pelliot, Jades Archaïques de Chine appartenant à M. C .T Loo (Paris and Brussels: G. Van Oest, 1925), pl. XXXII-2.

[2] According to information provided by Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 2009.

[3] See Tonying & Company’s invoice, issued to Arthur M. Sackler, dated November 25, 1959, in which the jade is listed under no. Jo 3: “Archaic Jade Animal Mask / Chou,” copy in object file, provided by Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 2009.

[4] See Tonying & Company’s invoice, citied in note 2.

[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)

Tonying and Company
Mrs. Christian R. Holmes 1871 - 1941
C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

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

Copyright with museum