Knotted Dragon Pendant

Period: Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475–221 B.C.)

Date: 3rd century B.C.

Culture: China

Medium: Jade (nephrite)

Dimensions: H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); W. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm)

Classification: Jade

Credit Line: Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.214.99


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.