Bead with dragon spirals

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.

Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 850-ca. 771 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3.4 x 1.9 x 1.9 cm (1 5/16 x 3/4 x 3/4 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.931
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Ornament

Keywords
carving, China, dragon, nephrite, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
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.

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