Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.43
Title
Jade Scepter
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
scepter
Date
Longshan or Erlitou culture, c. 2000 BCE - c. 1700 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Neolithic period
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/205254
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black nephrite
Dimensions
L. 37.2 x H. 6.2 x Thickness 0.7 cm (14 5/8 x 2 7/16 x 1/4 in.)
unspecified: 302 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. 219 by Max Loehr:

219 Scepter
Slender blade, whose slightly concave sides widen toward the two-pronged, concave upper edge. The cross-section is rectangular; the blade diminishes gradually in thickness toward the sharpened edge. The base of the blade projects aslant over the straight, short tang, the lower edge of which also slants. Just below the projections the tang is perforated by a hole which is drilled from one side and reamed on the other. Both faces of the tang have longitudinal saw-scars. Western Chou.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.43
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. 219, pp. 170-171

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