Pendant

ca. 1100 BC-1000 BC (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Carved jade dragons or birds were worn as pendants in ancient China. When the owners died their pendants were buried with them. This piece in the form of a coiled dragon was made in the 12th-11th century BC, by which time jade carvers usually added more details to the surface.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Nephrite jade, carved
Brief Description
W. Zhou coiled dragon pendant
Physical Description
Pendant in the form of a coiled dragon
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 8.2cm
Style
Gallery Label
Dragon pendant Western Zhou dynasty 1100-1000 BC The pendant is shaped as a coiled dragon with its tail in its mouth. Carved nephrite jade Museum no. A.73-1936(2007)
Credit line
Purchased with Art Fund support, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee
Summary
Carved jade dragons or birds were worn as pendants in ancient China. When the owners died their pendants were buried with them. This piece in the form of a coiled dragon was made in the 12th-11th century BC, by which time jade carvers usually added more details to the surface.
Bibliographic References
  • Pelliot, P. Jades Archaiques de Chine appartenant a M. C T Loo, Paris and Brussels, 1925, pl. XVII(I)
  • Shina Kogyoku Zuroku (Chinese Jades), Tokyo and Kyoto, 1955, pl. LXXX(2).
  • Ming Wilson, Chinese Jades, No. 19
  • Rawson, Jessica and Ayers, John. Chinese Jade throughout the Ages, London : Oriental Ceramics Society, 1975no. 89
Collection
Accession Number
A.73-1936

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record createdMarch 14, 2005
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