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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.96
Title
Trapezoidal Knife-Shaped Jade Tablet
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
knife
Date
16th cent. BCE - 14th cent. BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Shang dynasty, c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204990
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Nephrite with sharply defined, translucent, pale bluish green and opaque buff areas divided by narrow dark bluish band
Dimensions
21.8 x 8.3 x 0.3 cm (8 9/16 x 3 1/4 x 1/8 in.)
unspecified: 144 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. 345 by Max Loehr:

345 Trapezoidal, Knife-shaped Tablet
The stone shows sharply defined, translucent, pale bluish green and opaque buff areas, divided by a narrow, dark bluish band. The back is straight, while the cutting edge and lateral edges are curved. Two conical holes are drilled from opposite sides near the back; a third one, near one of the sides. Eastern Chou(?).

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.96
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. 345, p. 231

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