Sheath with Bird and Feline or Dragon

A work made of jade.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of jade.

Date:

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

Artist:

China

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

Asian Art, Gallery 132

Title

Sheath with Bird and Feline or Dragon

Origin

China

Date

300 BC–100 BC

Medium

Jade

Dimensions

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

Reference Number

1987.141

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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