- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Jade Chape
- Ritual Implements
- Work Type
- 3rd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Warring States period (475-221 BCE) to Western Han period (206 BCE-9 CE)
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Light green and brown, partly discolored nephrite
- 3.3 x 5.7 x 1.3 cm (1 5/16 x 2 1/4 x 1/2 in.)
unspecified: 41 g
- 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. 455 by Max Loehr:
Light green and brown, partly discolored jade. The chape is trapezoidal in outline and lenticular in cross-section. Its décor consists of widely spaced angular spirals, which are slightly raised and outlined by engraved lines. A single hole is drilled in the center of the smaller lenticular surface. Late Eastern Chou or Western Han.
The object was mounted as a pommel on the bronze sword with jade guard described under No. 460. An investigation carried out by Arthur Beale in the Fogg Museum Conservation Laboratory proved the assemblage to be modern. Still, while the use of objects of this shape as hilt ornaments seems uncommon, a pertinent example was recently excavated from a late Ch’un-ch’iu tomb in Kiangsu.
- 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. 455, p. 310
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