- Gallery Text
The Shang refined Neolithic jade-making practices, fashioning ritual blades and implements of even greater sophistication than those of their predecessors, incorporating jade blades into turquoise-inlaid bronze hafts, and expanding their jade repertoire into representational shapes of humans and animals.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Jade Arc-Shaped Dragon
- Ritual Implements
- Work Type
- 16th-11th century BCE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Shang dynasty, c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE
- Persistent Link
Level 1, Room 1740, Early Chinese Art, Arts of Ancient China from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age
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- Physical Descriptions
- Translucent yellowish nephrite cut from a fragment of a narrow disk
- W. 1.7 x L. 6.2 x Thickness 0.3 cm (11/16 x 2 7/16 x 1/8 in.)
Weight 7 g
- Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (by 1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
- Published Text
- Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
- Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber
- Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975)
Catalogue entry no. 144 by Max Loehr:
144 Arc-shaped Dragon
Translucent yellowish jade pendant, cut from a fragment of a narrow disk. The animal resembles the preceding types, Nos. 141 and 143, as far as the head, horns, and the one pair of feet are concerned. But here these parts are rendered in thread-relief, and their forms are adapted to the segmental arc. The perforation at the mouth is drilled from the left side; that at the sharp-edged projection, from both sides. Shang(?).
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Publication History
Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975), cat. no. 144, p. 122
- Exhibition History
32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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