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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.633
Title
Cylindrical Jade Cup
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
1368 - 1644
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204534
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Translucent greenish white and brown nephrite
Dimensions
H. 10.1 x Diam. 6.7 x Thickness 0.3 cm (4 x 2 5/8 x 1/8 in.)
216 g
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. 625 by Max Loehr:

625 Cylindrical Cup
Translucent greenish white and smoke-brown jade. The cup has an annular handle with a sharply recurved spur. It is supported on three feet shaped as squatting monkeys whose hands rest on their knees. The wall is decorated with incised geometric and zoomorphic patterns arranged in three friezes, which are separated by rope bands. The upper frieze consists of interlocked C -spirals. The much wider frieze below the first is filled with alternately inverted, vertical combinations of addorsed animal heads and varying spiral motifs. In the lower-most frieze appears a diagonally moving, wave-like band with hooks against a criss-crossed ground. On the handle and on the bottom are engraved in simple lines curvilinear cloud-like figures, freely adapted to the given spaces, without symmetry or apparent pattern. Eastern Han or later.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.633
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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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. 625, p. 428

Exhibition History

China in Twelve Artworks, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/23/2016 - 05/08/2016

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