Jade eye plaque - 918.7.144_1


Jade eye plaque

Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: Reportedly from Guanyintang, China
Date: late 3rd Century BC-early 3rd Century AD
Period: Han dynasty
5.1 x 2.6 cm, 0.3 cm
Object number: 918.7.144
Credit Line: The George Crofts Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionTranslucent light green with whitish spots due to impurities or decomposition or both. Unevenly lenticular form with tiny conical perforations, drilled from the back, one at each corner. Traces of earth. There is one other "eye" of this type in the collection, which also includes eastern Zhou grey slate eye plaques either imperforate or with one hole drilled at the centre. An interesting "eye" recarved from a spiral-decortated jade has 4 perforations. Convex lenticular shape, small conical perforations at corners, drilled from the rear. Low satin polish on front, back not polished. 眼盖 2件,玉质青白色,半透明,有白色沁痕。整体枣核形,打磨光润,无纹。(Gu Fang)
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