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These maps link objects with archaeological information associated with specific locations in China.


This unit features previous owners of jades that are now in the Freer and Sackler.


In the essay section read an article on Charles Lang Freer’s Neolithic jade collection, refer to analytical work done on Freer and Sackler jades, and access an essay in Chinese on the history of archaeological activity at Neolithic Liangzhu 良渚 culture sites.


Watch documentaries and interviews with jade specialists here.


Research archival material, selected past publications, and a subject bibliography. Link to the Google Cultural Institute to explore an installation of early Chinese jades in the Freer Gallery of Art.

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Here are our standard object credit formats:

  • For Freer Gallery of Art Objects or Freer Study Collection Objects:
    Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: [collection or donor information], [accession number]
  • For Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Objects:
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: [collection or donor information], [accession number]

For example, an image of Pendant in the form of a bird (S1987.590) would be credited as:
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Gift of Arthur M. Sackler, S1987.590

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