Flanged bracelet

citation

Disk, with projecting inner rim; opaque cream/tan; open center. (Almost totally calcified; some worn spots with chipping on central flange.)

(Jenny F. So, Jade Project Database, entered March 25, 2009) Opaque gray and creamy white, altered; cinnabar accretion. Shaping precise and refined. Slight convex inner wall of hole suggests biconical hole smoothed out. Series of shallow concentric rings in no discernible arrangement on flat surface of disk. Wu Tanghai 吳棠海 interprets these rings as results of uneven coarseness of abrasive, added to grinding process in installments. The original larger grained abrasives produced deeper, more obvious circular grooves, and as the grain size wears away in the process, produce increasingly shallower grooves. A new batch of abrasives will begin the process anew. Thinly rounded and shaped collar.

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
Diam x D: 9.9 x 0.3 cm (3 7/8 x 1/8 in) Diam (hole): 5.8 cm (2 5/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.658
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Bracelet

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), carving, China, nephrite, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Description

Disk, with projecting inner rim; opaque cream/tan; open center. (Almost totally calcified; some worn spots with chipping on central flange.)

(Jenny F. So, Jade Project Database, entered March 25, 2009) Opaque gray and creamy white, altered; cinnabar accretion. Shaping precise and refined. Slight convex inner wall of hole suggests biconical hole smoothed out. Series of shallow concentric rings in no discernible arrangement on flat surface of disk. Wu Tanghai 吳棠海 interprets these rings as results of uneven coarseness of abrasive, added to grinding process in installments. The original larger grained abrasives produced deeper, more obvious circular grooves, and as the grain size wears away in the process, produce increasingly shallower grooves. A new batch of abrasives will begin the process anew. Thinly rounded and shaped collar.

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

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