Bracelet with geometric decoration

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Wide, cylindrical ring with slightly concave walls, possibly a bracelet; translucent, very pale greenish gray with cloudy veinings and a dark brown area partly covering one rim, sprinkled with incipient disintegration; decoration: incised and in very low relief, lozenge-pattern borders enclose band of continuous, geometric design; earth incrustations on interior. (One long crack and some recent chips and scratches.)

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Maker(s)
Artist: Liangzhu culture 良渚 (ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x Diam: 5 x 7.3 cm (1 15/16 x 2 7/8 in) Diam (hole): 6.7 cm (2 5/8 in)
Geography
China, Lake Tai region, purportedly found at Xiaxi, Zhejiang province
Notes
purportedly found at Xiaxi, Zhejiang province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1919.46
On View Location
Freer Gallery 19: Afterlife: Ancient Chinese Jades
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Bracelet

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

Reportedly excavated in Hsi-hsi, Chekiang [1]

Duanfang (1861-1911) [2]

To 1919
You Xiaoxi (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai to 1919 [3]

1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from You Xiaoxi in 1919 [4]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [5]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record states: "Formerly in the collection of the Viceroy Tuan Fang, and said to have been excavated in Hsi-hsi, Chekiang."

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1424, pg. 339, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[4] See note 3.

[5] 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
Duanfang 1861-1911
You Xiaoxi (C.L. Freer source) late 19th-early 20th century

Description

Wide, cylindrical ring with slightly concave walls, possibly a bracelet; translucent, very pale greenish gray with cloudy veinings and a dark brown area partly covering one rim, sprinkled with incipient disintegration; decoration: incised and in very low relief, lozenge-pattern borders enclose band of continuous, geometric design; earth incrustations on interior. (One long crack and some recent chips and scratches.)

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Published References
  • Eleni Sakes. Ancient Jewelry Charms, Exquisite Freer Gallery Group. Washington, January 2, 1955. section B, p. 9.
  • Julia Murray. Neolithic Chinese Jades in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 14, no. 11 Hong Kong, November 1983. p. 21.
  • Elizabeth Childs-Johnson Fang Gu. Yuqi shidai: Meiguo bowuguan cang Zhongguo zaoqi yuqi (The Jade Age: Early Chinese Jades in American Museums). Beijing, 2009. p. 55.
  • Description of antique Chinese paintings and brass wares as well as of porcelains of different ages. The Charles Lang Freer papers, 1919. No. 94, p. 65, 73.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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