Pendant with dragon head and interlaced dragons, from a set of four, reworked

Historical period(s)
Eastern Zhou dynasty, ca. 600-476 BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 1 × 9 × 0.6 cm (3/8 × 3 9/16 × 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament


China, dragon, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), Spring and Autumn period (770 - 476 BCE)

To 1959
Abel William Bahr (1877–1959), Shanghai, China; London, England; Montreal, Canada; New York, NY; and Ridgefield, Connecticut [1]

Edna Bahr (1907-1986) by inheritance up the death of William Able Bahr [2]

From 1963 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, NY, purchased from the Bahr Collection in 1963 [3]

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


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

[2] Edna Bahr inherited upon the death of her father, William Able Bahr. Edna Bahr divided the collection, making gifts to museums and selling to private collectors. She sold several pieces to Arthur M. Sackler in 1963.

[3] See #379-380: “Pair of semi circular tiger pendants, engraved,” on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation on October 9, 2009, entitled Bahr Collection, 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) and Custodian(s)

Edna H. Bahr died 1978
Abel William Bahr 1877-1959
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Published References
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 56b, p. 100.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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