- Gallery Text
The Shang refined Neolithic jade-making practices, fashioning ritual blades and implements of even greater sophistication than those of their predecessors, incorporating jade blades into turquoise-inlaid bronze hafts, and expanding their jade repertoire into representational shapes of humans and animals.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Trapezoidal Jade Plaque with Zoomorphous Ornament
- Ritual Implements
- Work Type
- 14th-11th century BCE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Shang dynasty, c. 1600-c. 1050 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
- Mottled greenish and light brown nephrite, with red stains on one side
- H. 6.4 x W. 5.5 x Thickness 0.9 cm (2 1/2 x 2 3/16 x 3/8 in.)
Weight 67 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. 182 by Max Loehr:
182 Trapezoidal Plaque with Zoomorphic Ornament
Mottled greenish and light brown jade, with red stains on one side. Along the irregular top and back edges, which like the concave lower edge are recessed, there are incised transverse scores. The front edge, by contrast, is adapted to the profile of an animal head that appears identically on both sides. Adjoining the face, a set of three angular spirals with a claw beneath them extends to the back; a broad, finely grooved band rises above the horn and in consecutive angles swept back, down, upward, and back again, forming a large meander which adds both a contrasting texture and a unifying strength to the design as a whole. A small biconical hole cuts into the lower margin of the relieved design. Shang.
The curvature of the lower projection suggests that this piece was carved from a disk fragment, and the very irregular shape of the edges seems to support this assumption.
- 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. 182, p. 140
- Exhibition History
S427: Ancient Chinese Bronzes and Jades, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/20/1985 - 04/30/2008
32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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