- Gallery Text
In Neolithic China, nephrite and other beautiful stones were fashioned into nonfunctional ceremonial blades and ritual implements that were buried in the graves of important people. Many of the same types of jades, such as the diskshaped ritual implement known as a bi, were used during subsequent periods as well.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Heavy Trapezoidal Jade Knife
- Ritual Implements
- Work Type
- Longshan or Erlitou culture, c. 2000 - c. 1700 BCE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Neolithic period
- 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
- Black nephrite with very faint markings
- L. 51.4 x W. 7.8 x Thickness 0.9 cm (20 1/4 x 3 1/16 x 3/8 in.)
Weight 741 g
- Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (by 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. 208 by Max Loehr:
208 Heavy Trapezoidal Knife
Black stone, with only the faintest markings. The blade has a straight back and rounded lateral edges, which slant at different angles. The cutting edge was sharpened by being beveled from both sides. Three equidistant conical holes are aligned along the back, all of them drilled from the upper side. A smaller suspension hole, drilled from the reverse side, is near the right end; a fracture runs diagonally across this end. Western 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. 208, p. 163
- Exhibition History
S427: Ancient Chinese Bronzes and Jades, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/20/1985 - 04/30/2008
Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 06/01/2013
32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
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