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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.481
Title
Jade Chape for a Sword Scabbard
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
chape
Date
3rd century BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Han dynasty, Western Han period, 206 BCE-9 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204805
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Heavy piece of olive-green nephrite with smoke-brown and buff clouds
Dimensions
H. 4.2 x W. 5.3 x D. 2.7 cm (1 5/8 x 2 1/16 x 1 1/16 in.)
Weight 85 g
Provenance
Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (by 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. 454 by Max Loehr:

454 Chape for a Sword Scabbard
Heavy piece of olive-green jade with smoke-brown and buff clouds. The piece is shaped as a slightly flaring trapezoid with a lenticular cross-section. The sides are covered with spiral curls in relief. On the bottom, executed by incised lines and sloping cuts, is a design of four C -shaped motifs in a cross-like arrangement and small, cross-hatched gussets. The upper face shows a deep, cylindrical bore-hole with small, obliquely drilled tunnels leading into the hole from both sides. 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
1943.50.481
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. 454, p. 309

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