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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.51.5
Title
Jade Spearhead in a Bronze Socket
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
spearhead
Date
770 BCE - 221 BCE (?)
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Zhou dynasty, Eastern Zhou period, 770-256 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204590
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Celadon-green nephrite blade with brown and dark gray markings; bronze socket
Dimensions
17.3 x 2.8 x 1.7 cm (6 13/16 x 1 1/8 x 11/16 in.)
unspecified: 147 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. 362 by Max Loehr:

362 Jade Spearhead in a Bronze Socket
Slender, leaf-shaped blade with strong, tapering midribs, extremely sharp, faceted edges, and a tapering socket with a thick rope-like roll around it. The blade is fashioned of celadon-green jade with brown and dark gray markings; the surface is polished to a high gloss. Incised on the socket and base of the blade are angular patterns, which are partly effaced. The bronze socket narrows from its concave aperture to fit exactly into the hollowed-out end of the jade socket; it is provided with longitudinal ribs, one of which has disappeared under a lump of oxidized iron adhering to the surface. Early Easter Chou.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.51.5
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. 362, p. 244

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