- 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 Semicircular Fish Figure (One of a Pair)
- Ritual Implements
- Work Type
- 12th-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
- Cream-colored nephrite with gray markings
- W. 0.7 x L. 6.7 x Thickness 1.2 cm (1/4 x 2 5/8 x 1/2 in.)
Weight 8 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. 140 by Max Loehr:
140 Pair of Semicircular Fish Figures
Cut from a narrow collard disk of cream-colored jade with gray markings. In contrast to the preceding piece, the collar has been ground away only in part, just sufficiently to leave the pectoral fins and the tips of the tail in slight relief. Behind the tail at the obliquely cut end, the disk body is ground down to become flush with the head; here the mouth is perforated from the side. In the other specimen, the collar, though reduced in width, extends to the fish’s mouth, where it is perforated from above. Due to the presence of the collar-ridges, the heads are rendered rather indistinctly. Shang or 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. 140a, p. 120
- Exhibition History
32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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