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During the Warring States and Han periods, jades functioned not only as ritual and burial items, but also as objects of personal adornment for the living. Other luxury materials, such as gold, bronze, and glass began to be incorporated with jades with greater frequency.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.462
Title
Garment Hook
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
ornament
Date
3rd-2nd century BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Warring States period (475-221 BCE) to Western Han period (206 BCE-9 CE)
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/199592
Location
Level 1, Room 1740, Early Chinese Art, Arts of Ancient China from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Pale green and cream-colored nephrite, partly calcified, but still glossy
Dimensions
L. 14.4 x D. 3.4 x W. 1.8 cm (5 11/16 x 1 5/16 x 11/16 in.)
Weight 92 g
Provenance
Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (by 1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Published Text
Catalogue
Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Authors
Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber
Publisher
Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975)

Catalogue entry no. 469 by Max Loehr:

469 Belt Hook
Pale green and cream-colored jade, partly calcified, but still glossy. Tapering off in width toward the hook, the body, which is squarish in section, is distinguished by an unusual and exquisitely designed décor composed of a set of three transverse bars with tectiform elevations formed by concave slopes meeting at a sharp crest. The hook has the shape of a simplified animal head with marginal ridges on top. As in the preceding two specimens, the button is rectangular and flush with the supporting stud and lateral faces. The surfaces are plain. The longitudinal edges between the bars are chamfered. At the end of the shaft is a short, recurved, blunt-tipped appendage. Late Eastern Chou.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.462
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Dorothy W. Gillerman, ed., Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1969), no. 032, pp. 26-27

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. 469, p. 320

Exhibition History

Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 06/01/2013

32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

Subjects and Contexts

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