Flanged bracelet

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Disk with projecting ring around central perforation; irregularly carved and with a wavy edge; mottled glossy brown/tan. (Some calcification; old nicked flaws, polished over; surface adhesion from old label [?].)

(Jenny F. So, Jade Project Database, entered March 24, 2009) Smaller overall diameter than others in collection; opening remains constant. Disk ground quite thin, edges smooth and rounded (fine polish). Subtly convex interior wall of opening suggests a biconical hole that had been smoothed away. Height range of collar larger than others, so that disk shows a “warped” appearance—stands lopsided. Very faint circular marks on disk/flange.

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade
Dimensions
H x Diam (overall): 1.4 x 9.2 cm (9/16 x 3 5/8 in) Diam (hole): 5.9 cm (2 5/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.459
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Bracelet

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), carving, China, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1959
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), Shanghai, China, London, England, Montreal, Canada, New York, NY, and Ridgefield, Connecticut [1]

From 1963 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from the Bahr collection in 1963 [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]

Notes:

[1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.

[2] See #107: "Glossy tan and brown colour. Old imperfections in jade," on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009, copy in object file.

[3] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
Abel William Bahr 1877-1959

Description

Disk with projecting ring around central perforation; irregularly carved and with a wavy edge; mottled glossy brown/tan. (Some calcification; old nicked flaws, polished over; surface adhesion from old label [?].)

(Jenny F. So, Jade Project Database, entered March 24, 2009) Smaller overall diameter than others in collection; opening remains constant. Disk ground quite thin, edges smooth and rounded (fine polish). Subtly convex interior wall of opening suggests a biconical hole that had been smoothed away. Height range of collar larger than others, so that disk shows a "warped" appearance—stands lopsided. Very faint circular marks on disk/flange.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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