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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.47
Title
Thin Trapezoidal Jade Knife
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
knife
Date
c. 2500 BCE - c. 2000 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Neolithic period
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204884
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Blackish brown nephrite, turning deep gold-brown at the translucent edges
Dimensions
44.6 x 8 x 0.2 cm (17 9/16 x 3 1/8 x 1/16 in.)
unspecified: 105 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. 207 by Max Loehr:

207 Thin Trapezoidal Knife
Blackish brown jade, turning deep gold-brown at the translucent edges of this astonishingly thin blade. Both the back and the sharpened lower edge are curved. The lateral edges are straight and, like the lower or cutting edge, sharpened, being ground from the upper side only. Parallel to the back are three equidistant perforations, all drilled from the same side. Western Chou(?).

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.47
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. 207, p. 162

Jenny So, Early Chinese Jades in the Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2019), cat. no. 6B, pp. 88-91

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