Socketed axehead (fu) with figures

Historical period(s)
Possibly Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1050-770 BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 8.1 x 6.6 x 1.8 cm (3 3/16 x 2 5/8 x 11/16 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
Paul Singer collection
Accession Number
S2012.9.595
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Weapon and Armament
Type

Axe

Keywords
axe, casting, China, figure, Paul Singer collection, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE)
Provenance

1984
Sale, New York, Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, June 12, 1984, Sale #5198, lot 62: “Unusual Archaic Bronze Socketed Axe (Chu).” [1]

To 1997
Dr. Paul Singer (1904-1997), Summit, New Jersey. [2]

From 1997 to 1999
In the custody of Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC [3]

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. [4]

Notes:

[1] See auction catalogue for the Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York Sale, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, June 12, 1984.

[2] See object record.

[3] Between 1997 and 1999, The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art was in the custody of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC

[4] 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.

Previous Owner(s)

Sotheby's
Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997

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

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