Set of Ten Belt Plaques

Period: Tang dynasty (618–907)

Date: 7th–early 8th century

Culture: China

Medium: Jade (nephrite)

Dimensions: Each square piece: 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (5.7 x 5.7 cm); end piece: 4 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (11.1 x 5.7 cm)

Classification: Jade

Credit Line: Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1992

Accession Number: 1992.165.22a–j


Jade from Khotan in the Tarim basin was plentiful during the Tang dynasty. It was fashioned into ornaments such as women’s comb tops and decorative plaques for belts worn by senior officials. The jade plaques in this set are carved in relief with images of a dancer and musicians from central Asia, most likely Kizil.