Miniature wine jar (lei罍)

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Marble
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7.4 x 5.6 x 5.6 cm (2 15/16 x 2 3/16 x 2 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; a joint gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2010.40
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Stone, Vessel
Type

Vessel

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), China, Paul Singer collection, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1964
Paul Singer (1904-1997), Summit, New Jersey [1]

From 1997
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, donated jointly by Paul Singer, Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, and the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities, and the children of Arthur M. Sackler

Notes:
[1] See Umehara Sueji, Inkyo: Yin Hsu, Ancient Capital of the Shang Dynasty at Anyang (Tokyo: Asahi Shimbunshe, 1964), p. 73, pl. 122:1. The object was exhibited by Paul Singer at the Asia Society in New York in 1965 and at the China House Gallery of the China Institute in New York in 1977, see Max Loehr, Relics of Ancient China from the Collection of Dr. Paul Singer (New York: The Asia Society, 1965), p. 25, cat. 21; Paul Singer, Early Chinese Miniatures, exh. cat. (New York : China House Gallery/China Institute in America, March 16-May 29, 1977), cat. 3.

Note related to the World War II Era Provenance Project: While this object might have been in Europe (and possibly Axis-occupied territory) between 1933 and 1945 and might have changed hands during that period, research into the matter has not turned up any evidence as such. Examined documents include Paul Singer papers, FSG Archives and Paul Singer donation files, Registrar Office. See also Provenance information. (Provenance information is provided by Dorota Chudzicka)

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997
Dr. Carol Master born 1941
Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler born 1948
Arthur F. Sackler born 1950
Denise Marika born 1955
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation founded 1965
AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities founded 1981

Published References
  • J. Keith Wilson, Jingmin Zhang. Jades for Life and Death. .
  • Dr. Paul Singer. Early Chinese Miniatures. New York, March 16 - May 29, 1977. cat. 3, p. 16.
  • Max Loehr. Relics of Ancient China: From the Collection of Dr. Paul Singer. Exh. cat. New York. cat. 21, p. 25.
  • John Johnston, Chan Lai Pik. 5000 Years of Chinese Jade. Exh. cat. San Antonio, Texas, 2011. cat. 22, p. 57.
  • Sueji Umehara. Yin hsu: Ancient Capital of the Shang Dynasty at An-yang. Tokyo. p. 73, pl. 122, fig. 1.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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