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
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