Reportedly excavated in Anyang, Henan province, China 
From 1947 to 1950
C.T. Loo & Company, New York, from 1947 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on June 28, 1950 
 According to information provided by C. T. Loo, see A. G. Wenely's curatorial remark, dated 1950, in object file.
 See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. CHL-7/961: "Bronze knife, animal handle, turquoise mosaique An-Yang Shang green patina," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the object was acquired in China. On May 10, 1950, it was taken by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination.
 See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated June 28, 1950, copy in object file.
- Previous Owner(s)
C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950
Tiny turquoise mosaics define the coiled dragons, with beaked head, three-clawed paw, and spiraling tail, on the projecting tang of this dagger-axe. X-radiographs of this object reveals it was assembled from different pieces that might not have belonged together originally and were pinned and soldered in place in modern times. These repairs explain the disorderly areas of turquoise inlay.
- Published References
- Chinese Art Society of America. Chinese Art Recently Acquired by American Museums. vol. 5 Honolulu. p. 73, fig. 10.
- Chugoku bijutsu (Chinese Art in Western Collections). 5 vols., Tokyo, 1972-1973. fig. 88a.
- Sueji Umehara. In-kyo (Yin hsu: Ancient Capital of the Shang Dynasty at An-yang). Tokyo. pl. 33.
- Joe Dan Lowry Joe P. Lowry. Turquoise: The World Story of a Fascinating Gemstone. Layton, UT. p. 56.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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