- 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
- Elongated Jade Fish Sihouette (one of a pair)
- Ritual Implements
- Work Type
- 12th-10th century BCE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Shang dynasty (c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE) to Western Zhou period (c. 1050-771 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
- Mildly translucent, light gray nephrite
- L. 16.3 x W. 0.8 x Thickness 0.4 cm (6 7/16 x 5/16 x 3/16 in.)
Weight 11 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. 279 by Max Loehr:
279 Pair of Elongated Fish Silhouettes
Mildly translucent, light gray jade. Extremely elongated plano-convex bodies. The incised details are identical on both sides. Gills marked by two concentric curves. The daintily flaring, cleft tails are carved with remarkable precision. Western Chou(?).
- 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. 279b, p. 202
- Exhibition History
32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
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