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Wheel-shaped stone

Photo: Paul Macapia

Wheel-shaped stone

4th century

This exquisite bracelet was not actually worn—it was a burial item for a tribe leader. The design of radiating lines is an imitation of patterns on shells, which were used to make bracelets for leaders in earlier periods.
Green tuff
4 3/4 x 4 7/16 x 7/16in. (12.1 x 11.3 x 1.1cm)
Gift of Mrs. John C. Atwood, Jr.
56.249
Photo: Paul Macapia
location
Now on view at the Asian Art Museum

Resources

Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Luminous: The Art of Asia", October 13, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Tokyo, Japan, Suntory Museum of Art, "Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art From the Seattle Art Museum", July 25 - September 6, 2009; Tour Schedule: Kobe City Museum, September 19 - December 6, 2009; Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, December 23, 2009 - February 28, 2010; MOA Museum of Art, March 13 - May 9, 2010; Fukuoka Art Museum, May 23 - July 19, 2010

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Japanese Art In The Seattle Art Museum", 1960 (1960)

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "A Thousand Cranes: Treasures Of Japanese Art", February 5 - July 12, 1987 (02/05/1987 - 07/12/1987)
Published ReferencesFuller, Richard E. "Japanese Art in the Seattle Art Museum: An Historical Sketch." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1960 ("Presented in commemoration of the Hundredth Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and the United States of America"), no. 17

Kawai, Masatomo, Yasuhiro Nishioka, Yukiko Sirahara, editors, "Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art From the Seattle Art Museum", 2009, The Yomiuri Shimbun, catalogue number 2

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.