China / Buffalo / 13th?11th century B.C.China
13th?11th century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: China
Title: Buffalo
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: 13th?11th century B.C.
Creation Place: China
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: jade (nephrite)
Dimensions: L. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Description: Objects made of jade are thought to have played a ceremonial role in many Late Neolithic cultures. Harder than steel, jade (or nephrite) is laboriously fashioned by means of slow abrasion with sand or quartz grit. During the Shang dynasty, artisans had full command of the artistic and technical language developed in the diverse Late Neolithic cultures that had jade-working traditions. While many Shang forms have their origins in earlier works, the carving of three-dimensional animals, used as charms or decoration, is an innovation that may derive from the interest in natural forms found in the bronze art of the period. Compact yet powerful, at rest yet alert, this buffalo illustrates the sophisticated jade working of the period in the careful depiction of its bulk and presence and the skillful handling of the stone's natural textures and colors.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1976.297.2
Credit Line: Gift of John M. Crawford Jr., 1976
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Anyang period (ca. 1300?1050 B.C.)
Style or Period: Shang dynasty
AMICA ID: MMA_.1976.297.2
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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