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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.632
Title
Jade Cup with Bird Handles
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
possibly 11th cent. BCE - 771 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Zhou dynasty, Western Zhou period, c. 1050-771 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204874
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Mottled light green nephrite
Dimensions
13.5 x 16 x 8.5 cm (5 5/16 x 6 5/16 x 3 3/8 in.)
638 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. 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
1943
Object Number
1943.50.632
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. 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

China in Twelve Artworks, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/23/2016 - 05/08/2016

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