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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.566
Title
Jade Disk with Pattern of Plastic Curls
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
disk
Date
475 BCE - 221 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 475-221 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204555
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Buff and opaque nephrite with brown markings and a small area of green
Dimensions
0.5 x 9.3 cm (3/16 x 3 11/16 in.)
unspecified: 62 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: 己百三十三 -- incised along edge
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. 389 by Max Loehr:

389 Disk with Pattern of Plastic Curls
Similar to Nos. 385, 386, 387, 388 in workmanship, but of an entirely distinct variety of jade. The jade is buff and opaque, with darker, brown markings and a small area of green. Its surface still retains the original gloss, except for a calcified area on one side that has become dull. The curls, carved with exquisite care, are smaller than usual. There is an incised inscription on the outer edge: Chi, pai san-shih-san, “Chi [a cylindrical sign, corresponding to the sixth of the ten celestial stems], one hundred and thirty-three.” Late Eastern Chou.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.566
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. 389, p. 263

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