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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.288
Title
Curved Jade Tiger Figure
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
pendant
Date
c. 11th cent. BCE - 771 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Zhou dynasty, Western Zhou period, c. 1050-771 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204740
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Translucent light green nephrite
Dimensions
10.1 x 1.9 x 0.6 cm (4 x 3/4 x 1/4 in.)
unspecified: 39 g
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. 301 by Max Loehr:

301 Curved Tiger Figure
Translucent light green jade with a few slightly calcified spots. The curvature of the object suggest that it was carved from the segment of a disk. The figure is distinct from Shang and earlier Western Chou designs not only in form and proportions, but also in the technique of rendering the parts in low relief rather than by incisions. The tail is embellished with an ornamental flourish. Perforations near the end of the tail, at the belly, above the joints of the legs, at the mouth, and for the eyes, together produce a kind of openwork effect. Late Western Chou(?).

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.288
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Paul Pelliot, Jades archaiques de Chine appartenant a M. C. T. Loo (Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium, 1925), pl. 24: I

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. 301, p. 209

Jenny So, Early Chinese Jades in the Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2019), cat. no. 5B, pp. 84-85

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