Pendant with mask, probably reworked from a tube (cong 琮)

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Square pendant, curved slightly, low carved mask; pierced from back to lower edge; semi-translucent yellow-green. (Incipient calcification and few spots of calcification; old nicks.)

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.9 x 3.1 x 0.8 cm (1 1/8 x 1 1/4 x 5/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.576
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Pendant

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

N. C. Chang Collection [1]

To 1963
J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York [2]

From 1963 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York, in 1963 [3]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [4]

Notes:

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

[2] J. T. Tai's stockcard no. YT-1079, "1 jade piece," according to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation on October 9, 2009.

[3] See Tai's invoice dated X/15/63, copy in object file

[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)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
N.C. Chang
J. T. Tai & Co. established in 1950

Description

Square pendant, curved slightly, low carved mask; pierced from back to lower edge; semi-translucent yellow-green. (Incipient calcification and few spots of calcification; old nicks.)

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

Copyright with museum

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