Pendant in the form of a fish

Fish pendant of mottled green, semi-transparent jade. Straight in form, lenticular in section, with profile tapering toward snout, cut in for dorsal and ventral fins and narrowing to splayed bifurcated tail. Diagonal striations indicate fins, while gills, eyes, and tail are indicated by incised outlines. Conical perforation indicates mouth.

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.2 × 5.3 × 0.3 cm (7/8 × 2 1/16 × 1/8 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1979.28
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Pendant

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), Carl Whiting Bishop collection, carving, China, fish, nephrite, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Fish pendant of mottled green, semi-transparent jade. Straight in form, lenticular in section, with profile tapering toward snout, cut in for dorsal and ventral fins and narrowing to splayed bifurcated tail. Diagonal striations indicate fins, while gills, eyes, and tail are indicated by incised outlines. Conical perforation indicates mouth.

Published References
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 2, p. 13.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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