- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Jade Cup with Bird Handles
- Work Type
- possibly 11th cent. BCE - 771 BCE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Zhou dynasty, Western Zhou period, c. 1050-771 BCE
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Mottled light green nephrite
- 13.5 x 16 x 8.5 cm (5 5/16 x 6 5/16 x 3 3/8 in.)
- Published Text
- Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
- Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber
- Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975)
Catalogue entry no. 523 by Max Loehr:
523 Cup with Bird Handles
Mottled light green, cream, and light brown jade of uneven degrees of translucency, with a glossy polish. The approximately cylindrical lower portion of the cup is divided from the flaring upper portion to a heavy torus. The bird figures, with arbitrarily simplified, involute, band-like bodies in sharp-cornered openwork, face in opposite directions. Their crested heads rise above the rim; their tails issue from the wall below the torus. Except for an incised median line on the birds’ bodies and tails, the surfaces are plain. Late Eastern Chou or Western Han(?).
Salmony notes that the birds “seem to have a pearl in their beaks.” Actually, “the pearl” is a convolute end of the upper part of the beak, defined by an incised curl.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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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. 523, p. 358
- Exhibition History
S427: Ancient Chinese Bronzes and Jades, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/20/1985 - 04/30/2008
Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 06/01/2013
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