Ceremonial Shafted Jade Axe With Fragmentary Blade
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.115
Title
Ceremonial Shafted Jade Axe with Fragmentary Blade
Classification
Riding Equipment
Work Type
stirrup
Date
16th cent. BCE - 11th cent. BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Shang dynasty, c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Location
Level 1, Room 1740, Early Chinese Art
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque bluish-green nephrite with fine black veins and light brown markings
Dimensions
L. 56.2 x W. 3.7 x Thickness 1 cm (22 1/8 x 1 7/16 x 3/8 in.)
546 g
Provenance
[Yamanaka & Co., New York, March 12, 1918] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (1918-1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.115
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Publication History

Martha Davidson, "Chinese Jade: 3000 Years of Chinese Master Craftsmanship", ARTnews Annual (1938), vol. XXXVI, p. 121

Alfred Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, Gillick Press (Berkeley, CA, 1938), pl. 7: 5

Sueji Umehara, ed., Shina kogyoku zuroku (Selected Specimens of Chinese Archaic Jade), Kuwana Bunseido (Kyoto, Japan, 1955 (Shôwa 30)), pl. 38

Na Chih-liang, Yu-ch'i t'ung-shih (General history of Chinese jade), Unidentified Publisher (Hong Kong and Taipei, 1963), pl. 77: 102

Dorothy W. Gillerman, Gridley McKim-Smith, and Joan R. Mertens, Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1969), no. 013, pp. 12-13, repr.

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. 195, p. 154

Exhibition History

Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 11/23/2008

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted