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
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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