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Fish pendant

Fish pendant

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1100 BC-950 BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nephrite jade with carved decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Mrs B.Z. Seligman bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pendant in the form of a fish carved from a pale brownish jade with traces of reddish pigment (or laquer?). The pendant is thicker than average (FE 142-1974), with distinctive snout and long tail. Both sides are similarly carved with simple designs of fins, gills and eyes. A hole is pierced through the snout.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1100 BC-950 BC (made)



Materials and Techniques

Nephrite jade with carved decoration


Length: 11 cm

Descriptive line

Shang-Zhou brown pendant in form of a long fish

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hansford, The Seligman Collection etc, Vol. I, 1957, B3, pl. LVI.
Ming Wilson, Chinese Jades, No. 120


Personal accessories


East Asia Collection

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