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Dragon Pendant

Creation date: 475 BCE- 221 BCE
Creation place: China

Other Information

Type: Jade Pendant
Medium and Support: Nephrite
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Irving T. Snyder
Accession Number: 1970.17.d
Dimensions: 2 1/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. x 3/32 in. (5.4 cm x 9.53 cm x 0.24 cm)
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C.T. Loo & Company, Inc., New York, New York (ca. 1941 - ca. 1950)

Mrs. Irving T. Snyder, Coronado, California (ca. 1950 - October 10, 1970)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (October 10, 1970 - )

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November 2004
Asian Tastes Installation
This wonderful sinuous creature is carved from a slab
of translucent brown-green jade called nephrite. Dragon pendants of this type appeared abruptly in the Eastern Zhou period of the 5th century BCE. They were made
in large numbers and shared variations of the basic form of an undulating body whose silhouette is embellished with stylized legs and projecting spirals. The profusion
and wide distribution of these dragon-shaped jade pendants show their remarkable popularity during the later Warring States period (475-221 BCE), and the care and skill used for each production indicates their value.
Last Updated: 3/27/2012


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Exhibition of Chinese Arts C.T. Loo & Company, Inc. , 11/1/1941 - 4/30/1942

An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades C.T. Loo & Company, Inc. , 1/20/1950 - 3/1/1950

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Yu Sung. Selections from the Chinese Collection San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1999
Page Number: 56, Figure Number: 56

Chinese Archaic Jades C. T. Loo, Inc.. New York, New York, 1950
Page Number: XXV, Figure Number: 3

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