Fish pendant 玉鱼 - ROM2015_14964_15


Fish pendant 玉鱼

Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: Reportedly from northern Henan province, China
Date: 13th-1st half of 11th century BC
Period: Shang Dynasty
2.2 x 5.7 cm
Object number: 932.16.187
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionThis fish pendant of grey-green semi-translucent jade was carved on both sides. It retains traces of ochreous pigment. The thin fish form has a slightly upturned snout, bevelling around discoidal eyes, two rows of three scales each on the body, and three parallel lines ending in spirals on the tail. Incised striations indicate the dorsal and ventral fins. A conical perforation was drilled from one side below the eye. 玉质青白色,半透明,有淡灰色纹理,沾有朱砂痕迹。整体呈弧形,鱼嘴略张,圆眼,阴刻出背鳍、腹鳍,尾斜收、分叉。通体打磨光润,口部一穿。(古方)
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