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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.456
Title
Jade Belt Hook with Recumbent Deer Decor
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
ornament
Date
475 BCE - 221 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 475-221 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204734
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Grayish, discolored nephrite
Dimensions
L. 8.3 x W. 3.7 x D. 3.1 cm (3 1/4 x 1 7/16 x 1 1/4 in.)
unspecified: 56 g
Provenance
[C. T. Loo & Co., New York, March 29, 1935] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (1935-1943), bequest; to Harvard Art Museums, 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. 470 by Max Loehr:

470 Belt Hook
Grayish, discolored jade. The hook is shaped as an elaborately modeled animal head with pointed ears, one horn, and an upcurled snout. On the upper side, the piece is decorated with a relief pattern of angular volutes arranged in pairs, followed by a tiger mask at the end. One edge is occupied by a deer figure in the round, his legs outstretched at a flying gallop. On the reverse side appears an all-over pattern of C -shaped relief spirals, while the top of the rounded button is decorated with a complicated whorl design. 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
1943.50.456
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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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. 030, pp. 24-25

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. 470, p. 321

Subjects and Contexts

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