Ornament (shi 飾) with face and masks

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Previous custodian or owner
Wu Collection
C.T. Loo & Company (active 1915-1962)
Provenance
Wu collection, Tianjin [1]
From at least 1937 to 1939
C.T. Loo & Company, Paris and New York from at least March 1937 [2]
From 1939
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on
November 30, 1939 [3]
Notes:
[1] According to information in C. T. Loo's Approval memorandum, dated November 6, 1939, in object file.
[2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. LAP 5655: "Brownish jade in the form of a thin pillar, head etched in center. Han," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. According to information on the stockcard, the object was shipped to Paris in March 1937 and returned to New York in November 1938; in September 1939 it was offered to Mr. McKim; on November 6, 1939 it was shipped to the Freer Gallery.
[3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated November 30, 1939, copy in object file.
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Freer Gallery 19: Afterlife: Ancient Chinese Jades
ca. 2500 - 2000 BCE
Period
Late Neolithic period
Accession Number
F1939.54
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Culture
Shijiahe culture, ca. 2500 - ca. 2000 BCE
Topic
Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE)
mask
China
Chinese Art
gui
face
nephrite
carving
shi
WWII-era provenance
Origin
Hubei Province, Middle Yangzi valley, China
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7.3 × 3.2 × 0.6 cm (2 7/8 × 1 1/4 × 1/4 in)
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
Copyright with museum
Type
Jade
Jewelry and Ornament