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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.483
Title
Perforated Jade Plaque with Dragons in Openwork
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
ornament
Date
25 CE - 220 CE (?)
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Han dynasty, Eastern Han period, 25-220 CE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204806
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bone-colored nephrite that has largely lost its translucency
Dimensions
5.4 x 0.5 cm (2 1/8 x 3/16 in.)
unspecified: 18 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. 579 by Max Loehr:

579 Perforated Oval Plaque with Dragons in Openwork
Bone-colored jade that has largely lost is translucency. The plaque, which has a pointed extrusion below, is surrounded by two dragons in lively postures. The smaller of the two perches at the top; the large one, whose head lies to the right of the pointed extrusion, is partly submerged, the hind portion of his body shown re-emerging to the left of the point. The dragons are carved in relief on the upper side, while on the convex underside they show as incised designs. In other words, they are conceived in the round. Probably Eastern Han.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.483
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. 579, p. 400

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