Ancestor tablet with bird

citation

Handle (blade?) surmounted by profile owl; raised linear details; pierced; semitranslucent green-tan. (Spotty calcification; old break across bottom; few minor chips.)

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7.7 x 3.3 x 0.6 cm (3 1/16 x 1 5/16 x 1/4 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.621
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Tablet

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

To 1963
J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York [1]

From 1963 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York in 1963 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] J. T. Tai's stockcard no. YT-2685, according to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation on October 9, 2009.

[2] See Tai's invoice dated X/15/63, 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
J.T. Tai & Co. established in 1950

Description

Handle (blade?) surmounted by profile owl; raised linear details; pierced; semitranslucent green-tan. (Spotty calcification; old break across bottom; few minor chips.)

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

Copyright with museum

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