Keywords: Middle Shang dynasty (ca. 1400 - 1300 BCE)

8 objects
F1939.31

Ancestor tablet

https://asia.si.edu/object/F1939.31

Handle (one corner chipped) of slightly translucent, dark, gray-green nephrite; the tang pierced for attachment.

S1987.838

Ancestor tablet

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.838

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 …

S1987.671

Ancestor tablet

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.671

Handle (?), knife-shaped, portion with large petal-shape in low relief; tapered to rounded, spade-shaped end; translucent milky white, tan streaking. (Some calcification and interior crystallization; slight nick in edge. Good condition.)