Jade pendants in the form of dragons

China, Eastern Zhou dynasty, 4th century BC

Apart from variation in the alteration of the stones, these two pendants are almost identical. Their deeply curved bodies and small projecting fins are so similar that they seem to have been cut with the same template; alternatively, one was made as an exact replica of the other to create an almost perfect pair.

Dragon-shaped jades make a sudden appearance among the range of jades used in pendant sets in the fifth century BC. However, matched dragon pendants of this quality are rare, having been used only in tombs of the highest ranking individuals.

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Jade pendants in the form of dragons

© 2003 Private Collection
Jade pendants in the form of dragons

 

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Bibliography

J. Rawson, Chinese jade: from the Neolith (London, The British Museum Press, 1995, reprinted 2002)

Dimensions

Height: 7.800 cm (max.)
Length: 12.400 cm (max.)

Museum number

On loan from a private collection OA 17:9

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