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In the Zhou dynasty the number of jades in burial sites increased significantly, as multiple plaques and beads were sewn or strung together and draped over the face and body of the deceased. Jades in the forms of figures and animals became increasingly realistic, and surface patterns became more complex and highly decorative.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.329
Title
Jade Pendant in the Shape of a Human Figure
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
pendant
Date
475 - 221 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 475-221 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204815
Location
Level 1, Room 1740, Early Chinese Art, Arts of Ancient China from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Highly polished gray nephrite with dark brown markings
Dimensions
H. 4.6 x W. 2 x Thickness 0.9 cm (1 13/16 x 13/16 x 3/8 in.)
Weight 13 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. 410 by Max Loehr:

410 Pendant in the Shape of a Human Figure
Highly polished gray jade with dark brown markings. The finely carved figure represents a woman in a long, kimono-like gown with very long sleeves. Its borders are set off by widely spaced striae, as are the cuffs, which hide the hands. The features are carefully modeled, with eyes showing the characteristically Mongoloid type of lid. The hair is neatly brushed back, forming a short tress which falls over the collar and ends in a flattish ornament to which a bow is tied. The sash is left plain. The figure is perforated axially, as well as sideways at the neck and below the sleeves; in addition, there is a wide transverse slot cut through the body. 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
1943.50.329
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. 410, p. 281

Exhibition History

32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

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