Pendant in the form of a fish

citation

Small fish pendant of mottled green jade. Straight in form, lenticular in section, with silhouette tapering toward diagonal snout, incut for dorsal fin, and narrowing into splayed, bifurcated tail. A blade-shaped extension from the tail forms a pendant tool. Diagonal score marks indicate the fins. Conical perforation functions as an eye. Stone polished to soft luster.

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 1.1 × 6.9 × 0.4 cm (7/16 × 2 11/16 × 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1979.30
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, nephrite, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Small fish pendant of mottled green jade. Straight in form, lenticular in section, with silhouette tapering toward diagonal snout, incut for dorsal fin, and narrowing into splayed, bifurcated tail. A blade-shaped extension from the tail forms a pendant tool. Diagonal score marks indicate the fins. Conical perforation functions as an eye. Stone polished to soft luster.

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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