[X] Ceremonial Object [X] Chinese Art
312 objects
S1999.120.2

Disk (bi 璧)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1999.120.2
<p>Large nephrite disk, mottled dark green with dark and light brown inclusions; it is uneven around its outer edge. Central hole drilled from one side.</p>
S1987.934

Disk (bi)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.934
S1987.932

Notched disk

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.932
<p>Opaque green with tan streaks of calcification; incised grooved lines carved along the surface at three spaced intervals. (Hairline crack exposed on both sides, length of disk, apparently mended. On one side of disk, at the end of the hairline crack on outer rim, is a small chip. Otherwise intact.)</p>
S1987.929

Disk (bi 璧)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.929
<p>Disk with biconical central hole; green brown mottled with some crystalline flakes, uneven surface and pitted. Seven chips on outside rim, three small holes on surface, and three indentations on surface; surface rough and degraded on both sides.</p>
S1987.924

Disk (bi 璧)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.924
<p>Central hole slanted. Ridge on one side of outer edge. Light green translucent jade with darker markings in brown and tan. Chipped on outer edge.</p>
S1987.923

Disk (bi)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.923
S1987.922

Disk (bi)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.922
S1987.920

Disk (bi)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.920
S1987.916

Axe (fu 斧)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.916
<p>Light green jade with beige and brown and black specks. Hole for hafting at top edge and to one side. Traces of basketwork. (Two areas where object is rough and degraded. Otherwise intact.)</p>
S1987.899

Axe (yue 鉞)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.899
<p>The bronze haft is of rectangular shape widening in steps toward the socket where only one side bar remains. A trapezoidal hafting hole pierces the haft below its decorated zone. The upper half is inlaid with large turquoise or green glass chips that depict an eye surrounded by linear ornament giving the impression of a &#8230;</p>
S1987.898

Dagger-axe (ge 戈)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.898
<p>The cream-white jade blade has an indistinct crest and edges beveled continuously to the tip. The blade is sharpened toward the asymmetrically placed point. It is fitted into the rectangular socket or tang that has a perforation between the vertical bar and rectangular butt. The bronze haft was probably inlaid with turquoise. Now the lug &#8230;</p>
S1987.847

Ancestor tablet with bird and dragon

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.847
<p>Both surfaces of the large rectangular jade handle are decorated with a stylized bird motif seen in profile. The bird is presented in terms of double incised lines, some of which are beveled. The upper portion of the handle is plain with a slightly larger, projecting shape at the top. (Many very tiny pits in &#8230;</p>
S1987.890

Axe (fu 斧)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.890
S1987.887

Ten-tier tube (cong 琮) with masks

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.887
<p>This slightly tapering jade prism, or cong , is square with a thick-walled, slightly recessed projection at either end. Straight vertical channels separate ten superimposed decorative units. These units, each of which is divided into two symmetrical halves that meet at the corners, consist of two bands, separated by a narrow horizontal channel. The wider, &#8230;</p>
S1987.882

Finial in the form of a human hybrid with dragon

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.882
<p>The elongated jade piece was decorated identically on both sides, tapering to a pointed tang. The primary motif, stretching its entire length, is a humanoid figure with legs that end in large birds claws just above the tang. Sprawled along his back is a dragon. (Largely calcified; crack runs through midsection [old repair?]; nicks in &#8230;</p>
S1987.838

Ancestor tablet

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.838
<p>Six tiers of leaves or scales rise up each side of the jade handle. Each tier is separated from the one adjacent to it by a narrow vertical band running up the center of each side. The tip of the handle is an inverted truncated pyramid. The tectiform bar at the top of the handle &#8230;</p>
S1987.743

Disk (bi 璧)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.743
<p>A tortoise shell-colored disk of plain form; yellowish jade with brown and black cloudy russet markings, and unpolished areas along the outer edge. The aperture drilled from one side.</p>