Pendant in the form of a fish

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 0.9 × 8.6 × 1.2 cm (3/8 × 3 3/8 × 1/2 in)
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; a joint gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler
Paul Singer collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Weapon and Armament


Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), China, fish, Paul Singer collection, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE)

From at least 1962 to 1997
Paul Singer (1904-1997), Summit, New Jersey, from at least 1962 [1]

From 1997
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, bequeathed by Paul Singer [2]


[1] Paul Singer included the jade in an exhibition of his collection in 1962, see Animal Forms in Chinese Art, exh. cat. (New York: Stated Island Museum, September 23 - November 4, 1962), cat. 13. The collection of Chinese art and antiquities assembled by Paul Singer over time was purchased by him on behalf of Arthur M. Sackler, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities, and later transferred to the children of Arthur M. Sackler.

[2] Upon Paul Singer’s death in January 1997, his collection was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery by order of the Executors of the Estate under a loan agreement signed on February 1997. Shortly thereafter, the Sackler Gallery was vested with full ownership and title to the collection in full agreement by the Sackler Foundations and Sackler family members. The formal accession of the Singer collection was completed in 2012.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997

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

Copyright with museum

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