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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
1943.50.274
Title
Jade Cicada with Patches of Gold Foil
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
figurine
Date
1st century BCE-1st century CE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204709
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
Polished, originally light bluish nephrite, largely discolored and softened
Dimensions
H. 6.4 x W. 2.8 x Thickness 1 cm (2 1/2 x 1 1/8 x 3/8 in.)
Weight 27 g
Provenance
[Yamanaka & Co., New York, January 7, 1941] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (1941-1943), 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. 567 by Max Loehr:

567 Cicada with Patches of Gold Foil
Biconvex piece of a highly polished, originally light bluish jade, now largely discolored and softened. The silhouette of the insect is slightly more compact and smooth than in the case of the two preceding specimens (Nos. 565, 566), and the wing tips are shortened. The corners of the wings are embellished with four triangular patches of gold foil. Probably Eastern Han.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.274
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. 567, p. 393

Exhibition History

32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

Subjects and Contexts

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