Axe (yue 鉞)

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Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 11.1 x 6.6 x 0.4 cm (4 3/8 x 2 5/8 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.566
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object

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

To 1964
Frank Caro, C.T. Loo & Co., New York [1]

From 1964 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from Frank Caro on August 27, 1964 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] F. Caro stockcard no. FC-2325: "Archaic jade, axe blade, with series of six teeth near center of each side; traces of burial and cinnabar," 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 & Co. in 1950.

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

[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)

Frank Caro 1904-1980
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Published References
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 43, p. 87.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum