Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475–221 B.C.)
3rd century B.C.
H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); W. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm)
Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985
Not on view
This pendant takes the shape of a dragon with a sinuous body grooved to resemble twisted rope. It illustrates the extraordinary talent and skill of early Chinese jade carvers, in whose hands intractable jade seems a supple and malleable material.
Ernest Erickson Foundation , New York (by 1954–1985; donated to MMA; on loan to Brooklyn Museum 1954–1985); The Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc. , New York (until 1985; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009.