Pendant in the form of a fish

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Fish pendant of green jade with lighter transverse veining. Curved silhouette, with roughly indicated eyes and fins and narrowing in splayed, bifurcated tail. A blade-shaped extension from the tail forms a pendant tool. Biconical perforation on extended, curling snout. 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: 2.4 × 7.3 × 0.5 cm (15/16 × 2 7/8 × 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1979.32
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

Fish pendant of green jade with lighter transverse veining. Curved silhouette, with roughly indicated eyes and fins and narrowing in splayed, bifurcated tail. A blade-shaped extension from the tail forms a pendant tool. Biconical perforation on extended, curling snout. Stone polished to a soft luster. Traces of red pigment.

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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