Pendant in the form of a dragon

Ornament; flat sickle-shaped pendant in form of stylized dragon, round perforation for eye and incision for mouth, smaller perforation for cord; translucent grayish green with dark gray clouding; areas of cream-colored disintegration and earth incrustation; red stain.

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 9.5 x 6.7 x 0.6 cm (3 3/4 x 2 5/8 x 1/4 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1914.104
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
Provenance

To 1914
Yamanaka & Company, New York [1]

From 1914 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, New York, in 1914 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Reserved Miscellaneous List, R. 5681, p. 7, Freer Galley of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1917 - 1965

Description

Ornament; flat sickle-shaped pendant in form of stylized dragon, round perforation for eye and incision for mouth, smaller perforation for cord; translucent grayish green with dark gray clouding; areas of cream-colored disintegration and earth incrustation; red stain.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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