Pendant in the form of a fish

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Long, flat bodied fish with details shallowly incised on both sides, and a perforation through the snout. There is one long fin along the top of the fish and a pair of short fins on the belly. The body is essentially straight, but a slight curve is introduced at the tail. The lower section of the tail is beveled, while most other edges are rounded. The edge of the upper fin tapers to a blunt ridge, while the lower pair of fins are square cut. The jade is light buff in color, with areas of dark mottling.

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D (a: pendant): 1.9 x 10.8 x 0.4 cm (3/4 x 4 1/4 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of William S. Weedon
Accession Number
F1983.2a-b
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
Previous Owner(s)

William S. Weedon

Description

Long, flat bodied fish with details shallowly incised on both sides, and a perforation through the snout. There is one long fin along the top of the fish and a pair of short fins on the belly. The body is essentially straight, but a slight curve is introduced at the tail. The lower section of the tail is beveled, while most other edges are rounded. The edge of the upper fin tapers to a blunt ridge, while the lower pair of fins are square cut. The jade is light buff in color, with areas of dark mottling.

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

Copyright with museum

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