Replica of a bronze blade form

Historical period(s)
Eastern Zhou dynasty, 4th-3rd century BCE
Medium
Jade
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 19.5 x 12.8 x 0.5 cm (7 11/16 x 5 1/16 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China
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
S2012.9.1348
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade
Type

Ceremonial object: dagger-axe (ge)

Keywords
China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), Paul Singer collection, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

1940 to 1948
Mr. Mino Kunizo, Tokyo, Japan [1]

1948 to June 1969
Mrs. Yamamura Fumiko, Tokyo, Japan purchased from Mr. Mino Kunizo in 1948 [2]

June 1969 to July 1969
Goso Seishichi, Tokyo, Japan purchased this object from Yamamura Fumiko in June of 1969
[3]

July 1969 to Likely November 1969
Mr. Nishiiura Hachiro of Oriental House LTD, Tokyo, Japan purchased the object from Goso Seishichi on July 31, 1969 [4]

November 1969 to 1997
Paul Singer, Summit, NJ purchased from Oriental House LTD, the object was expored from Japan on December 3, 1969 [5]

1997 to 1999
In the custody of Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, upon Paul Singer’s death in January 1997 and a loan agreement between Executors of the Singer Estate and the Gallery in February 1997 [6]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 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 [7]

Notes:
[1] See the “Sworn statement and Official Certificate of Translation, Japan, City of Tokyo, Embassy of the United States of America,” November 19, 1969, copy located in acquisition file, original located in FǀS Archives, Paul Singer Papers, Box 17 Folder 25.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1. Mr. Goso Seishichi purchased this object from Yamamura Fumiko in June of 1969.

[4] See note 1. Mr. Nishiiura Hachiro of Oriental House LTD purchased the object from Goso Seishichi on July 31, 1969.

[5] Paul Singer purchased this object from Oriental House LTD, a firm based in Tokyo. The object was cleared from export on December 3, 1969 on a flight that left Tokyo on December 3 1969. See “Japan Antique Art Export Association Certificate for One Jade Spear Head,” December 3, 1969, copy located in acquisition file, original located in the FǀS Archives, Paul Singer Papers, Box 17 Folder 25.

The collection of Chinese art and antiquities assembled by Paul Singer over time was purchased by him on behalf of Arthur M. Sackler, Jillian Sackler, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities and later was transferred to the children of Arthur M. Sackler.

[6] The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art came into the custody of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, upon Singer’s death in January 1997 and a loan agreement between the Executors of Singer’s Estate and the Gallery in February 1997.

[7] Upon Paul Singer’s death in January 1997, his collection was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery by order of the Executors of the Estate under a loan agreement signed on February 1997. Shortly thereafter, the Sackler Gallery was vested with full ownership and title to the collection in full agreement by the Sackler Foundations and Sackler family members. The formal accession of the Singer collection was completed in 2012.

Previous Owner(s)

Oriental House LTD
Goso Seishichi
Yamamura Fumiko
Mino Kunizo
Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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