Dragon pendant 龙形玉饰 - ROM2005_3538_1


Dragon pendant 龙形玉饰

Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: Reportedly from northern Henan province, China
Date: 14th-1st half 11th century BC
Period: Shang Dynasty
2.5 x 5.3 cm
Object number: 932.16.189
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionForm of creatures like dragon became prevalent since 5000 years ago; this dragon pendant is made on translucent light green jade with amber vein at tail. The creature is conceived in profile within curving triangular outline, probably from an old use of jadework. Details of eye, ear, and shoulder and body spirals appear in thread-relief line on both sides. Dragon image seemingly is subsequent, however, to three or four piercings of plaque for some other and previous purposes. Traces of earth and red pigment are observable. 玉质白色,半透明,有褐色沁。整体略呈弧边三角形,透雕出龙形,张口,卷尾,用减地法碾琢出臣字目,云纹。通体打磨光润,吻部、背部各有一穿孔 (古方)
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