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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.548.A
Title
Jade Disk with Pattern of Plastic Curls
Other Titles
Alternate Title: pi
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
disk
Date
4th cent. BCE - 3rd cent. BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 475-221 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204831
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Strongly translucent, light greenish gray jade with brown and rust-colored markings and dark brown matrix at the periphery
Dimensions
Diam. 13.8 x Thickness 0.4 cm (5 7/16 x 3/16 in.)
134 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. 394 by Max Loehr:

394 Disk with Pattern of Plastic Curls
While similar to the disks described under No. 385 and following numbers, the present type differs in two respects: (1) the curls are in low relief, and (2) the engraved spirals issuing from them are slightly wider than on the other disks. Moreover, the margin at the outer perimeter is almost flat. A slight touch of irregularity in the patter suggests a technically less exacting standard than does No. 393. Strongly translucent, light greenish gray jade with brown and rust-colored markings and dark brown matrix at the periphery. 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
1943.50.548.A
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. 394, p. 267

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