- Gallery Text
During the Warring States and Han periods, jades functioned not only as ritual and burial items, but also as objects of personal adornment for the living. Other luxury materials, such as gold, bronze, and glass began to be incorporated with jades with greater frequency.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Jade Dragon Silhouette
- 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
- Highly polished, faintly translucent, cream-colored and gray-green nephrite
- H. 6.6 x W. 11.1 x Thickness 0.4 cm (2 5/8 x 4 3/8 x 3/16 in.)
Weight 55 g
- Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (by 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. 423 by Max Loehr:
423 Dragon Silhouette
Magnificently designed curvilinear dragon figure of highly polished, faintly translucent, cream-colored and gray-green jade. The head, distinguished by the angular, horizontal outline of the lower jaw, is turned back. The body forms a continuously curving band of varying width covered with plastic curls; it contrasts with a pronounced pattern of striated, pointed volutes and fluted, blunt, wing-like appendages issuing from the body at varying interval. Both the design and a perforation at the top center indicate a horizontal position for this exquisite pendant. 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
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. 423, p. 290
- Exhibition History
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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