- 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
- Jade Pendant in the Shape of a Human Figure
- Ritual Implements
- Work Type
- 475-221 BCE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 475-221 BCE
- 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
- Yellowish green nephrite with light brown calcified spots
- H. 5 x W. 1.7 x Thickness 0.7 cm (1 15/16 x 11/16 x 1/4 in.)
Weight 11 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. 409 by Max Loehr:
409 Pendant in the Shape of a Human Figure
Yellowish green jade with light brown calcified spots. The plano-convex piece is worked into a statuette, apparently of a woman, wearing a kimono-like gown with long sleeves and a broad sash. The hands, held in front, are hidden in the sleeves. The hair, parted in the middle, frames the forehead in a step-like manner, and juts out stiffly, like a rectangle, under a small, turban-like headdress. A pair of openwork double loops issues from the neck like a bow, and the ends arch back to touch the shoulders and the cheeks. All the edges of the garment are marked by evenly striated borders. A perpendicular drill-hole runs through the axis of the figure. 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. 409, p. 281
- Exhibition History
32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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