Pendant in the form of a fish

citation

Fish pendant of mottled cream-colored 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. Biconical perforation functions as an eye. Stone polished to a soft luster. Traces of red pigment.

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 1.2 × 3.6 × 0.5 cm (1/2 × 1 7/16 × 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1979.31
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, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Fish pendant of mottled cream-colored 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. Biconical perforation functions as an eye. Stone polished to a soft luster. Traces of red pigment.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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