Scabbard slide (zhi)

Historical period(s)
Eastern Zhou to Western Han dynasty, 300-200 BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 7.7 x 2 x 1.7 cm (3 1/16 x 13/16 x 11/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Weapon and Armament

Weapon: scabbard slide (zhi)

China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE)

By 1966
Frank Caro Chinese Art, New York [1]

1966 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased in New York City from Frank Caro Chinese Art on September 21, 1966 [2]

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


[1] Frank Caro Chinese Art stock no. FC 3856: "Jade scabbard ornament for tassel. Late Chou. Tl: 3 ins.," according to invoice from Frank Caro Chinese Art to Arthur M. Sackler, September 21, 1966, copy in object file. As of September 2019, no corresponding stock card has been located in the C. T. Loo / Frank Caro Archive at the Musée Guimet, Paris.

Frank Caro, C. T. Loo’s associate acquired C. T. Loo’s remaining stock after C. T. Loo liquidated C. T. Loo & Co., New York and closed C. T. Loo, INC, New York. Frank Caro took control on September 1, 1952 and operated as C. T. Loo Chinese Art and in 1962, began operating as Frank Caro Chinese Art. Objects that Frank Caro acquired after Loo left the daily operations in New York were often inventoried with an “FC” prefix.

[2] See invoice cited in note 1.

[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) and Custodian(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
Frank Caro Chinese Art 1962-1980

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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