- Gallery Text
In the Zhou dynasty the number of jades in burial sites increased significantly, as multiple plaques and beads were sewn or strung together and draped over the face and body of the deceased. Jades in the forms of figures and animals became increasingly realistic, and surface patterns became more complex and highly decorative.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Large Jade Disk
- Ritual Implements
- Work Type
- 4th century BCE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 475-221 BCE
- Persistent Link
Level 1, Room 1740, Early Chinese Art, Arts of Ancient China from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age
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- Physical Descriptions
- Clouded, translucent grayish green nephrite with variegated light brown markings on one side and large areas of dark brown and grass-green on the other; with imperially inscribed poem around the rim dating to 1766
- Diam. 20.6 x Thickness 0.6 cm (8 1/8 x 1/4 in.)
Weight 445 g
- [C. T. Loo & Co., New York, May 18, 1932] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (1932-1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
- Published Text
- Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
- Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber
- Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975)
Catalogue entry no. 393 by Max Loehr:
393 Large Disk
Clouded, translucent grayish green stone with variegated light brown markings on one side and large areas of dark brown and grass-green on the other side. Except for the slightly calcified areas, the surface, which is almost perfectly even, is polished to a high gloss. The perforation is imperceptibly conical. The relief curls form nearly straight rows intersecting at angles of 60 degrees. Where the rows cut into the raised inner and outer borders, an incised semicircle takes the place of the plastic curl.
Encircling the entire rim is an inscription in minutely carved seal characters. It consists of a poem of seventy words in praise fo the object and a signature and date, followed by a seal: Ch’ien-lung, ping-hsü, meng-ch’un-yüeh, yü-t’i; Ku-hsiang (Ch’ien-lung, ping-hsü year = 1766, “first month of Spring, Imperially inscribed, Flavor of Antiquity”). Late Eastern Chou.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Publication History
Dorothy W. Gillerman, ed., Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1969), no. 025, pp. 20-21
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. 393, pp. 266-267
Stephan Wolohojian and Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, 2008), pp. 14-15
- Exhibition History
S427: Ancient Chinese Bronzes and Jades, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/20/1985 - 04/30/2008
Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 06/01/2013
32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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