- 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
- Feline in Decorative Jade Triangle (one of a pair)
- Ritual Implements
- Work Type
- 3rd century BCE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Warring States period (475-221 BCE) to Western Han period (206 BCE-9 CE)
- 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
- Strongly translucent, pale green and smoke-colored nephrite
- H. 7.7 x W. 12 x Thickness 0.5 cm (3 1/16 x 4 3/4 x 3/16 in.)
Weight 35 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. 447a by Max Loehr:
447 Pair of Felines in Decorative Triangles
Strongly translucent, pale green and smoke-colored jade, polished to a high gloss. The feline’s sleek, sharp-cornered head occupy the right angles of the two triangles formed by the straight outer edges of their bodies and appendages. The surfaces are modeled in low relief and ornamented by incised lines. A band suggesting simplified cowries is incised at the neck of each animal. Treated identically on both sides, these pieces obviously were not made to serve as inlays. 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. 447a, p. 306
- Exhibition History
S427: Ancient Chinese Bronzes and Jades, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/20/1985 - 04/30/2008
32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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