Jade Fish Pendant

Length: 9 cm (3.5 inches)

Shang Dynasty (商朝), Circa 1600-1100 BC


The subject of a fish was a popular theme for jades produced during the Shang period.  The fish may have been emblematic of prosperity and therefore an appropriate subject for wearing as part of a necklace.  The present example has a whitish alteration to the surface, most likely the result of prolonged burial. 

In our opinion, the subject matter, material and workmanship suggest a Shang Dynasty date for this work of art.  

Note: The tail has some loss as usual.

A comparable fish pendant of similar size and quality is published in Archaic Jades from the Kwan Collection, Yang Boda.  Art Gallery of the Chinese University, Hong Kong. 1994. Plates 103-104

From a private American collection.


Reference Number: 4170

Price Available Upon Request


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