The Estate of Blanchette Rockefeller, to 1994 
From 1994 to 1998
Therese and Erwin Harris, Coconut Grove, FL, purchased at sale of the Blanchette Rockefeller Estate, Christie's, New York, June 2, 1994, lot no. 42 
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Therese and Erwin Harris in 1998
 According to Curatorial Notes 4, Jenny F. So, March 3, 1998, in the object record.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
Therese and Erwin Harris
Estate of Blanchette Rockefeller
This ornament for the front of a scabbard is distinguished by flowing, interlacing ribbons that terminate in budlike forms on the upper half of its U-shaped frame. Pairs of small holes along the frame's edge would have allowed the ornament to be attached to its leather or wooden sheath.
An extraordinary decorative element on this scabbard ornament--two kneeling human figures whose profile heads rise prominently above the top of the ornament--points further to its ties with ancient foreigners on China's borders. Each head shows distinctly non-Chinese features, such as a large, almond-shaped eye, broad nose, thick lips, and wavy hair gathered into a bun at the back.
- Published References
- Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 220-221.
- Jenny F. So Emma Bunker. Traders and Raiders on China's Northern Frontier. Exh. cat. Seattle, 1995. cat. 41.
- Dr. Sherman Lee. Masterpieces of Asian Art in American Collections: Selections from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd. New York. cat. 31.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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