Pendant in the form of a fish, one of a pair, probably reworked from a collared disk

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

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  • Period

    ca. 1250-1050 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 5.5 × 1.9 × 0.9 cm (2 3/16 × 3/4 × 3/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Fish pendant of thin, tannish gray material. Curved in form, with incut to mark transition between dorsal fin and splayed, bifurcated tail. Diagonal striations indicate fins. Pairs of ventral fins, one of which is chipped, extend at right angles to the body of the fish. Biconical perforation. One of a pair with F1979.27.
  • Provenance

    From 1923-25
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased by Carl Whiting Bishop’s assistant, Dong Guangzhong in China. [1]
    [1] See Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office. The object was transferred from the Freer Study Collection (Bishop Collection) to the permanent collection on August 8, 1974. Also see Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings (February 25, 2023 to April 28, 2024)
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 23b: Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings
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