Bead with dragon spirals

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 850-ca. 771 BCE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 3.4 x 1.9 x 1.9 cm (1 5/16 x 3/4 x 3/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    The object is of flat oval cross section. The decoration is identical on both sides and consists of parallel grooves that run obliquely, creating a swirling motion. The color of the jade is almost white or light gray, and it is calcified in areas with earth adhering.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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