Disk (bi 璧)

Central hole slanted. Ridge on one side of outer edge. Light green translucent jade with darker markings in brown and tan. Chipped on outer edge.

Maker(s)
Artist: Qijia culture 齊家 (ca. 2250 - ca.1900 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Neolithic period, ca. 2500 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
Diam x D: 13.9 × 0.6 cm (5 1/2 × 1/4 in)
Geography
Northwest China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.924
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object

Keywords
China, Neolithic period (ca. 7000 - ca. 1700 BCE), nephrite, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1964
Frank Caro, C.T. Loo & Co., New York [1]

From 1964 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased Frank Caro on August 27, 1984 [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler in 1987 [3]

Notes:

[1 According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009. Frank Caro acquired C.T. Loo's stock after liquidation of C.T. Loo & Co. in 1950.

[2] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009. See Frank Caro's invoice dated August 27, 1964, 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)

Frank Caro 1904-1980
C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Description

Central hole slanted. Ridge on one side of outer edge. Light green translucent jade with darker markings in brown and tan. Chipped on outer edge.

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

Copyright with museum

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