Pendant in the form of a dragon

citation

This small dragon-shaped jade is presented in disk form. Only the head, with its gaping mouth, fangs, large eye, and reclining horn, reveals the dragon’s identity. A pattern of large hooks and spirals articulated in double lines covers the body. Extending along the outer edge of the jade, from the reclining horn to the pointed hook of the tail, is a regular crenelated pattern. (Mostly calcified; soil/cinnabar adhering; slight nick on tail; chip at suspension hole.)

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 9.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 cm (3 7/8 x 3 3/8 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.874
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, dragon, nephrite, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Description

This small dragon-shaped jade is presented in disk form. Only the head, with its gaping mouth, fangs, large eye, and reclining horn, reveals the dragon’s identity. A pattern of large hooks and spirals articulated in double lines covers the body. Extending along the outer edge of the jade, from the reclining horn to the pointed hook of the tail, is a regular crenelated pattern. (Mostly calcified; soil/cinnabar adhering; slight nick on tail; chip at suspension hole.)

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

Copyright with museum

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