Pendant in the form of a disk (yuan) with raised knobs


Historical period(s)
Warring States period, Late Eastern Zhou dynasty, 475-221 BCE
Jade (nephrite)
Diam x D: 12.4 x 0.6 cm (4 7/8 x 1/4 in)
China, Probably Jincun, Henan province
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament


carving, China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), nephrite, Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE), WWII-era provenance

To 1943
Yamanaka & Company, New York, to January 1943 [1]

From 1943 to 1948
C.T. Loo & Company, New York, purchased from Yamanaka & Company in January 1943 [2]

From 1948
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on July 14, 1948 [3]


[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. NYL-43/481: "Round Jade Pi with a large hole and decorated on both sides with a field of small coils, creamy grey patina. Later Chou Diam 5 (in a wooden box)," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the pendant was purchased from Yamanaka & Company.

[2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard cited in note 1. On June 1, 1944, the pendant was taken by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination.

[3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated July 14, 1948, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950
Yamanaka and Co.

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 122, p. 171.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum