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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.638
Title
Jade Horse Head
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
head, sculpture
Date
206 BCE-220 CE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204549
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Sea-green nephrite with traces of pigment on the surface
Dimensions
7.9 x 18 x 6.1 cm (3 1/8 x 7 1/16 x 2 3/8 in.)
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. 562 by Max Loehr:

562 Horse Head
A larger version of the preceding sculpture, No. 561, carved from the same kind of translucent green jade, here showing whitish streaks rather than specks. The color of the red pigment applied at the eyes, nostrils, and mouth is brighter here, and there are fewer calcareous surface deposits. The oval socket at the bottom is filled with oxidized iron and remnants of wood that are not mineralized. Han.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.638
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. 562, p. 390

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