Pendant in the form a dragon

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Pendant kui 夔; incised, carved and pierced; opaque tan coloration. (Calcified.)

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.3 x 3.6 x 0.3 cm (7/8 x 1 7/16 x 1/8 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.556
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

N. C. Chang Collection [1]

C. T. Loo & Company, New York [2]

To 1964
Frank Caro, C. T. Loo & Company, New York [3]

From 1964 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from Frank Caro on August 27, 1964 [4]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [5]

Notes:

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

[2] See note 1.

[3] F. Caro stockcard no. 167: "Archaic jade pendent in form of curved KUEI [Kui] 夔," 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 and Company in 1950.

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

[5] 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)

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

Description

Pendant kui 夔; incised, carved and pierced; opaque tan coloration. (Calcified.)

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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