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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
1943.50.440
Title
Jade Dragon Silhouette
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
ornament
Date
4th century BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 475-221 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204683
Location
Level 1, Room 1740, Early Chinese Art, Arts of Ancient China from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Highly polished, faintly translucent, cream-colored and gray-green nephrite
Dimensions
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
Provenance
Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (by 1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
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. 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
1943
Object Number
1943.50.440
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. 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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