Pendant in the form of a tiger


Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
H x W x D: 2.5 x 1.9 x 6.6 cm (1 x 3/4 x 2 5/8 in)
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; a joint gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler
Paul Singer collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jewelry and Ornament, Stone


Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), China, Paul Singer collection, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), tiger

To 1952
David David-Weill (1871-1952), Paris [1]

From 1952 to 1971
Flora Raphaël David-Weill (1878-1971), by descent from her husband, David David-Weill in 1952

Sale, Sotheby's, London, the D. David Weill Collection: Early Chinese Bronzes: Inlaid Metalwork, Gilt Bronzes and Silver, Jades, Sculpture and Ceramics, February 29, 1972, lot 17 (illustrated)

From 1972 to 1997
Paul Singer (1904-1997), Summit, New Jersey, purchased at Sotheby’s sale on February 29, 1972 [2]

From 1997
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, bequeathed by Paul Singer [3]


[1] David David Weill was a banker and financier, head of the international investment house Lazard Frères et Cie. He was an important figure in the art world and formed a large collection of eighteenth century French paintings and sculpture and other works of art, including Asian art.

[2] Paul Singer acquired the jade pendant at the auction of the David David Weill collection through an agent named Baile. Singer described his participation in the sale in his memoirs, see “Reminiscences of a Transient Custodian” (manuscript), Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, pp. 120–21. The collection of Chinese art and antiquities assembled by Paul Singer over time was purchased by him on behalf of Arthur M. Sackler, Jillian Sackler, the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and later was transferred to the children of Arthur M. Sackler.

[3] Upon Paul Singer’s death in January 1997, his collection was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery by order of the Executors of the Estate under a loan agreement signed on February 1997. Shortly thereafter, the Sackler Gallery was vested with full ownership and title to the collection in full agreement by the Sackler Foundations and Sackler family members. The formal accession of the Singer collection was completed in 2012.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997
David David-Weill 1871 - 1952
Mrs. Flora Raphaël David-Weill 1878 - 1971

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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