Pendant in the form of a dragon

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 1250-ca. 1050 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 9.9 × 8.5 × 0.5 cm (3 7/8 × 3 3/8 × 3/16 in)
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Object Details

  • 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.)
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
  • On View

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