1. Bought from Lee Van Ching [Li Wenqing] 李文卿, of Shanghai 上海, in New York. For price, see Original Miscellaneous List, p. 268. $400.
2. (Undated Folder Sheet note) Original attribution: Chinese. Han 漢. See further, S.I. 1166, Appendix VIII.
3. (John Ellerton Lodge, 1927) Pre Han 漢.
4. (Archibald Gibson Wenley, 1945) The incised device may be a later addition.
5. (Undated Folder Sheet note) Sp. G. is 3.001. Nephrite.
6. (Isabel Ingram Mayer, 1946) The device is in the form of a bird on a goblet shaped perch above a shield shaped stand with crenellated top; an unidentified elaborate symbol is in the field and a simple geometric design at the base. Cf. device on F1917.346, which is very similar, and also that on F1917.348; for other forms of the device, see F1919.58 and F19 17.385.
7. (Undated Folder Sheet note) Exhibited: The Art Institute of Chicago, Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Ancient Chinese Paintings, Sculptures, and Jade Objects from the Collection Formed by Charles Lang Freer (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1917), no. 110.
8. (H. Elise Buckman, 1964) The Envelope File contained no further information, and has now been destroyed.
9. (Thomas Lawton, 1978) Western Chou [Zhou] 周.
10. (Julia K. Murray, 1980) From Ancient Chinese Jade exhibition label: Attribution changed from Western Chou [Zhou] 周 to Neolithic, ca. 2000 BCE.
11. (Julia K. Murray, 1983) For further discussion of the motif incised on the surface of this pi [bi] 璧, see Folder Sheet F19 17.346. See also Folder Sheet F1917.19 for a discussion of pi [bi] 璧.
12. (Julia K. Murray, September 1983) Exhibition Studies in Connoisseurship: 1923--1983 label text; moved to label field.
13. (Jenny F. So, January 1996) "ca. 2000 BCE" changed to "ca. 3000--2500 BCE."
14. (Stephen Allee per Keith Wilson, February 8, 2008) On this date entered: Period One (Late Neolithic period), Date (ca. 5000--ca. 1700 BCE), Artist (Liangzhu 良渚 culture), Title, Object name, Geographical region (Lake Tai 太湖 region); plus Description per Jenny F. So and Dimensions per Christine Lee, from Jade Project Database.
15. (Jeffrey Smith per Keith Wilson, July 17, 2008) Ceremonial Objects added as secondary classification.
16. (Jeffrey Smith, April 7, 2016) Transferred from Description: 1. (Jenny So, from Jade Project Database) Color: Mottled light and dark green, golden tan, and brown. Hole: Biconical hole, off-center, almost round, vertical outer wall gently concave. Surface: Even and smoothly polished, especially on face with emblem. Decoration: Incised emblem of bird on goblet-like pedestal, set on stepped top of shield-shape, its center occupied by roundel-like symbol on a base. Additional angular meanders inside the base of the shield. Very large perforated disc of the type bi. Bored from both sides leaving median ridge. Mottled dark and light greens, golden tan and brown; cream colored cloudings and white veins of decomposition on obverse, profuse on reverse. Decoration: light incised device. (Break and chip on rim.)