From 1930s to ?
Fritz Bilfinger, purchased in China in the 1930s. 
From ? to 1997
Dr. Paul Singer (1904-1997), Summit, New Jersey, purchased from Fritz Bilfinger. 
From 1997 to 1999
In the custody of Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC 
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. 
 According to Qi Wenxin, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of History, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, “Singer acquired the oracle bones from Fritz Bilfinger, a Swiss citizen who was a representative of the Aluminum Company of Canada, while traveling in the Far East. Bilfinger purchased the oracle bones in China in the 1930s.” See “Singer Chinese Oracle Bones” document dated September 20, 2002 in the object record.
 See note 1.
 Between 1997 and 1999, The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art was in the custody of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC
 See “The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art Gift Agreement” from March 1999, Collections Management Office. The object was formally accessioned into the museum’s permanent collection in 2012. See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.
- Previous Owner(s)
Dr. and Mrs. Fritz Bilfinger
Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997
- Published References
- Qi Wenxin. Ji Meiguo Xinge boshi suo cang jia gu. Beijing, May 1993. pp. 65, 72-76.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
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