Arc-shaped pendant (huang 璜), made from a disk (bi 璧)

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Semi circular plaque of the type huang 璜; inner curve conically bored; obverse: closely mottled olive and yellow greens with golden brown roughened areas near outer rim; reverse: mottled yellow browns with traces of greens, surface roughened and discolored with incipient disintegration; four functional holes. (Rim chipped and worn.)

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3000-ca. 1700 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 8.4 x 17.6 x 0.7 cm (3 5/16 x 6 15/16 x 1/4 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1916.379
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Pendant

Keywords
China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), nephrite, pendant
Provenance

To 1916
Wang Jiantang, Shanghai to 1916 [1]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Wang Jiantang in 1916 [2]

From 1920
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1019, pg. 221, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Wang Jiangtang (C.L. Freer source)

Description

Semi circular plaque of the type huang 璜; inner curve conically bored; obverse: closely mottled olive and yellow greens with golden brown roughened areas near outer rim; reverse: mottled yellow browns with traces of greens, surface roughened and discolored with incipient disintegration; four functional holes. (Rim chipped and worn.)

Acquired with a box, now lost.

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

Copyright with museum

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