Pendant in the form of a fish

Fish pendant of mottled cream-colored jade. Straight in form, lenticular in section, with silhouette tapering toward diagonal snout, incut for dorsal fin, and narrowing into splayed, bifurcated tail; a blade-shaped extension from the tail forms a pendant tool. Diagonal score marks indicate the fins. Biconical perforation functions as an eye. Stone polished to a soft luster. Traces of red pigment.

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 1.2 × 3.6 × 0.5 cm (1/2 × 1 7/16 × 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1979.31
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 cream-colored jade. Straight in form, lenticular in section, with silhouette tapering toward diagonal snout, incut for dorsal fin, and narrowing into splayed, bifurcated tail; a blade-shaped extension from the tail forms a pendant tool. Diagonal score marks indicate the fins. Biconical perforation functions as an eye. Stone polished to a soft luster. Traces of red pigment.

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