Three Jade Fish Pendants

Length: 4.5 cm (1.25 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 examples have a whitish alteration to the surface, most likely the result of prolonged burial.  The three fish may have once been part of a larger necklace of fetishes. In our opinion, the subject matter, material and workmanship suggest a Shang Dynasty date for this elegant work of art. 


Reference Number: 4173

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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.


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