From 1939 to 1940
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from September 26, 1939 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on May 3, 1940 
 See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 86520: "Set of four pieces, bronze ornaments, Shang," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. According to information on the stockcard the object was inventoried on September 26, 1939. See also "List of objects owned by C. T. Loo & Co., New York and [left] at the Gallery for examination," with an annotation that the piece was delivered by Loo to the Freer Gallery on November 4, 1939, copy in object file.
 See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated May 3, 1940, copy in object file.
- Previous Owner(s)
C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950
No objects of this type have yet been scientifically excavated in China, so it is difficult to know the purpose of this extremely rare axe. It consists of four separate pieces: a tubular bronze handle, two caps with dragon motifs, and an unusual serrated jade blade that might not be original. Traces of wood inside the handle suggest it was lengthened with additional elements that are now missing.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
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- Rights Statement
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