Ancestor tablet

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.)

Historical period(s)
Middle Shang dynasty, ca. 1400-ca. 1300 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 20.2 x 2.3 x 1.2 cm (7 15/16 x 7/8 x 1/2 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.671
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Tablet

Keywords
China, Middle Shang dynasty (ca. 1400 - 1300 BCE), nephrite, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

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.)

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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