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Sheath with Bird and Feline or Dragon

Jade Photography 2022
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • Jade Photography 2022


Warring States period to early Western Han dynasty, 3rd/2nd century B.C.



About this artwork

Artists of China’s late Bronze Age achieved both technical mastery and visual sophistication in elegant objects like this jade sheath, designed to fit a small blade. Its fluid contours and subtle surface modeling are remarkable because they were achieved by slowly grinding down, drilling, and polishing the stone.


On View, Gallery 132


Arts of Asia


Sheath with Bird and Feline or Dragon


China (Object made in)

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300 BCE–100 BCE




10.6 × 5.7 × 0.5 cm (4 3/16 × 9 3/8 × 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior gifts of Mrs. Chauncey B. Borland, Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection, Emily Crane Chadbourne, Mary Hooker Dole, Edith B. Farnsworth, Mrs. Mary A. B. MacKenzie, Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey B. McCormick, Fowler McCormick, Mrs. Gordon Palmer, Grace Brown Palmer, Chester D. Tripp, Russell Tyson, H. R. Warner, Joseph Winterbotham, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ziff

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