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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.195
Title
Jade Pendant in the Shape of a Disk-Axe
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
pendant
Date
late 19th cent. - early 20th cent.
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Qing dynasty, 1644-1911
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204908
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Light green nephrite with whitish discolorations
Dimensions
4 x 3.8 x 0.4 cm (1 9/16 x 1 1/2 x 3/16 in.)
unspecified: 9 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. 609 by Max Loehr:

609 Pendant in the Shape of a Disk-Axe
Light green jade with whitish discolorations and some reddish earthy deposits (that may have been applied artificially). The shape is derived from Shang or early Western Chou disk-axes, such as Nos. 22 and 23 above, but the miniature size and the suspension device at the top indicate that the object is a pendant. It may have been worn as an amulet or, as suggested by the almost exact duplication of the ancient prototype, it may have been a refined archaeological toy. A playful touch is provided by the linear engraving, identical on both sides, of symmetrically arranged animal heads, which adjoin the flanges and the dragon figures below these heads. The dragon figures are reminiscent of ancient bronze decorations in the distorted rendition of the Sung catalogues. Conceivably, therefore, the pendant may be as late as Sung.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.195
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. 609, p. 419

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