Pendant in the form of a dragon

citation

Bow-shaped profile of a bottle-horned kui 夔. Slight carving of outline to indicate form. Horn in doubly beveled line-relief, other details including eye, nose, and paw in beveled engraving. Short plain projection from upturned tail terminates in tapered oblique edge. Perforation in mouth. Indentation in tail but no perforation. (Translucent pale gray jade almost completely calcified on one side, and in part on the other, to a light ivory color. Traces of earth. Minor nicks on powdery areas.)

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 8.7 x 3.4 x 0.2 cm (3 7/16 x 1 5/16 x 1/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.555
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Pendant

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

C. T. Loo, New York [1]

To 1964
Frank Caro, C. T. Loo & Company, New York [2]

From 1964 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from Frank Caro on August 27, 1964 [3]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler in 1987 [4]

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

[2] Frank Caro stockcard no. E 5625: "jade musical pick," according to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009. Frank Caro, Loo's associate, acquired C. T. Loo 's stock after liquidation of C. T. Loo & Company in 1950.

[3] See Frank Caro's invoice dated August 27, 1964, copy in object file provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.

[4] 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)

Frank Caro 1904-1980
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

Description

Bow-shaped profile of a bottle-horned kui 夔. Slight carving of outline to indicate form. Horn in doubly beveled line-relief, other details including eye, nose, and paw in beveled engraving. Short plain projection from upturned tail terminates in tapered oblique edge. Perforation in mouth. Indentation in tail but no perforation. (Translucent pale gray jade almost completely calcified on one side, and in part on the other, to a light ivory color. Traces of earth. Minor nicks on powdery areas.)

Published References
  • C.T. Loo & Company (Introduction) Lindsay Hughes Cooper. An Exhibition of Archaic Chinese Jades. Exh. cat. New York. pl. 20, 7.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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