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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.568
Title
Serrate Jade Disk
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
disk
Date
770 - 476 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period, 770-476 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204541
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Originally translucent, soft green nephrite now partially calcified to an opaque ivory color
Dimensions
Diam. 8.8 x Thickness 0.4 cm (3 7/16 x 3/16 in.)
Weight 46 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. 350 by Max Loehr:

350 Serrate Disk
Small disk with evenly spaced, rectangular, and sharply cut serrations at the outer and inner edges (12 and 9, respectively). The surfaces are decorated with an engraved pattern of spirals, which are arranged radially and concentrically rather than in straight rows or grids, as in the late and more common design of embossed spirals. A measure of angularity in, and occasional interlocking of, these spirals likewise suggests a relative early date. The originally translucent, soft green jade is strongly calcified and in part has withered away. Early (?) Eastern Chou.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.568
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Archaic Chinese Jades, exh. cat., University Museum, University of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA, February 1940), no. 187

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. 350, p. 235

Jenny So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Arthur M. Sackler Foundation (New York, NY, 1995), p. 101, Fig. 5.2

Subjects and Contexts

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