- Gallery Text
During the Warring States and Han periods, jades functioned not only as ritual and burial items, but also as objects of personal adornment for the living. Other luxury materials, such as gold, bronze, and glass began to be incorporated with jades with greater frequency.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Jade Bird Subduing Two Snakes
- Ritual Implements
- Work Type
- 4th century BCE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 475-221 BCE
- Persistent Link
Level 1, Room 1740, Early Chinese Art, Arts of Ancient China from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age
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- Physical Descriptions
- Light brownish, strongly translucent nephrite
- H. 2.6 x W. 5 x Thickness 0.4 cm (1 x 1 15/16 x 3/16 in.)
Weight 8 g
- [C. T. Loo & Co., New York, December 22, 1933] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (1933-1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
- 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. 414 by Max Loehr:
414 Bird Subduing Tow Snakes
Light brownish, strongly translucent, openwork jade plaque representing a bird worked out in a flamboyantly curvilinear design. The bird bites the snake which coils in front of him and subdues another with his claws. Various patterns enrich and differentiate the surfaces of the bird’s plumage, crest, and tail, and contrast with the scaly texture of the snake’s skin. Late Eastern Chou.
- 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. 414, p. 283
- Exhibition History
32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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