Pendant in the form of a fish

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Fish pendant of mottled green jade with lighter veination. Straight in form, lenticular in section, with profile tapering toward snout, cut in for dorsal and ventral fins, and narrowing to splayed bifurcated tail. Diagonal striations indicate fins, while gills, eyes, and tail are indicated by incised outlines. Conical perforation indicates mouth.

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.1 × 5 × 0.4 cm (13/16 × 2 × 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1979.29
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Pendant

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), carving, China, fish, incising, nephrite, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From 1923-25
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased by Carl Whiting Bishop’s assistant, Dong Guangzhong in China. [1]

Notes:

[1] See Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office. The object was transferred from the Freer Study Collection (Bishop Collection) to the permanent collection on August 8, 1974. Also see Curatorial Remark 3 in the object record.

Description

Fish pendant of mottled green jade with lighter veination. Straight in form, lenticular in section, with profile tapering toward snout, cut in for dorsal and ventral fins, and narrowing to splayed bifurcated tail. Diagonal striations indicate fins, while gills, eyes, and tail are indicated by incised outlines. Conical perforation indicates mouth.

Published References
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 2, p. 13.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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