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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.530
Title
Notched, Serrate Jade Disk
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
disk
Date
c. 2500 BCE - c. 2000 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Neolithic period, Longshan culture, c. 3000-1900 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204573
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Light grayish green translucent nephrite with tan and whitish markings
Dimensions
Diam. 13.5 x Thickness 0.5 cm (5 5/16 x 3/16 in.)
143 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. 107 by Max Loehr:

107 Notched, Serrate Disk
Light grayish green translucent jade with tan and whitish markings. Narrow disk with a wide perforation, its perimeter divided by notches into four arcs. From each of the arcs stand out sets of four serrations, one of the sets being much smaller than the others. Slightly conical bore-hole. Diametrically across the underside of the disk runs a deep furrow; this furrow, evidently an imperfection resulting from the sawing process, does not represent part of the design. Neither side of the disk is quite level; consequently the very uncommon feature of the disk’s “warped” body. Shang or Western Chou.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.530
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. 107, p. 104

Jenny So, Early Chinese Jades in the Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2019), cat. no. 8B, pp. 96-99

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