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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.479
Title
Small Jade Receptacle
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
206 BCE - 9 CE (?)
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Han dynasty, Western Han period, 206 BCE-9 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204804
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Mottled buff and olive-green nephrite, dimly translucent at the edges
Dimensions
6.3 x 3.6 x 2.7 cm (2 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 1 1/16 in.)
unspecified: 133 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. 520 by Max Loehr:

520 Small Receptacle
Mottled buff and olive-green jade, dimly translucent at the edges, with a few cracks and a small eroded area. The object, which is surprisingly heavy and carved with exceeding care, appears to be sui generis . Its shape and size remind one of an eighteenth-century snuff bottle, but it is hollowed out less than half its height. The cross-section is rectangular, with concave corners; the wider sides taper slightly. A sharply recessed, straight collar, oval in cross-section, projects from the wider end of the body. The fact that the surface of this end and the rim of the collar are the only areas which are finished less meticulously and left almost undecorated may suggest that the object’s intended position was with the collar and orifice downward. What thus corresponds to the top face is filled with a pattern of relief curls on a grid plan. The same pattern recurs on the narrow panels of the four sides. These panels are separated by vertical bands of contrasting textures: finely incised chevrons in the grooved middle of each side, and similarly incised geometric motifs in squares filling the concave corners. On the wall of the collar are engraved designed reminiscent of t’ao-t’ieh masks with cross-hatched and striated parts. 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
1943.50.479
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. 520, p. 352

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