Center column (top to bottom): 1943.50.245, 1943.50.285, 1943.50.241, 1943.50.179; top left and right: 1943.50.443.B and 1943.50.443.A; middle left and right: 1943.50.292, 1943.50.293 Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.245
Title
Jade Dragon Silhouette
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
pendant
Date
14th cent. BCE - 8th cent. BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Shang dynasty (c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE) to Western Zhou period (c. 1050-771 BCE)
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204969
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Calcified celadon-colored nephrite; coated with patches of cinnabar
Dimensions
7 x 2.7 x 0.3 cm (2 3/4 x 1 1/16 x 1/8 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. 141 by Max Loehr:

141 Dragon Silhouette
Originally celadon-colored jade, now largely calcified; coated with patches of cinnabar. The flat plaque, identically incised on both sides, represents an animal with only two feet, mushroom-shaped horns, fanged mouth and big tail. Perforations at the mouth and tail. Late Shang or Western Chou.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.245
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. 141, p. 121

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