Pendant in the form of a dragon with raised uniform curls

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    475-221 BCE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 5.3 x 2.1 x 0.4 cm (2 1/16 x 13/16 x 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Provenance

    Purportedly discovered in Henan province, Jincun, China [1]
    To 1964
    Frank Caro Chinese Art, New York, NY, method of acquisition unknown [2]
    1964 to 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler, New York, NY, purchased in New York, NY from Frank Caro Chinese Art on August 27, 1964 [3]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [4]
    [1] Discovery site noted on invoice from Frank Caro Chinese Art to Arthur M. Sackler, August 27, 1964 (see note 2 for full quotation). Several tombs near Chin ts’un (Jincun) in western Henan were discovered in the summer
    of 1928 after heavy rain, when sinkholes began to emerge. Immediately upon discovery, the tombs were heavily scavenged by locals. Only two tombs were systematically excavated (see William Charles White, Tombs
    of Old Lo Yang: A Record of the Construction and Contents of a Group of Royal Tombs at Chin ts’un, Probably Dating to 550 B.C. [Shanghai: Kelly and Walsh Limited, 1934]; and William Charles White, “China’s Cultural Heritage” in Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada 37 [1943]: 151).
    [2] Frank Caro stock number FC 2324: “Archaic jade pendent ‘dragon’; curled tail, spiral motifs on body from Chin ts’un [Jincun]. Eastern Chou [Zhou]. Lt: 2 1/8 ins.,” see invoice from Frank Caro Chinese Art to Arthur M. Sackler, August 27, 1964, copy in object file.
    [3] See invoice cited in note 2.
    [4] Pursuant to the agreement between Dr. Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    In Praise of Ancestors: Ritual Objects from China (September 28, 1987 to January 1, 1989)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Frank Caro Chinese Art (1962-1980)
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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