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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.365
Title
Contored Jade Feline
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
ornament
Date
475 BCE - 221 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 475-221 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Light greenish gray, translucent, partly calcified nephrite
Dimensions
4.6 x 2.7 x 0.6 cm (1 13/16 x 1 1/16 x 1/4 in.)
unspecified: 6 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. 441 by Max Loehr:

441 Contorted Feline
Light greenish gray, translucent, partly calcified jade. The plano-convex piece presents a feline with an angular nose, pointed ears, and a convolute lower jaw. They eyes, carved in high relief, are remarkably alive and expressive. The body forms an S -curve terminating in a pointed hook. The creature bites the tip of an appendage against which rests one of his feet; another foot issues from the opposite side and reaches up to the neck. Below this second foot is a bifurcated appendage, like a wing or tail of a bird, that touches the back of the tail. The various parts of the body are rendered in slight relief, and the surface is sparingly decorated with finely incised designs. Later Eastern Chou.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.365
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. 441, p. 302

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