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戰國 絞絲龍形玉佩
Knotted Dragon Pendant

Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475–221 B.C.)
3rd century B.C.
Jade (nephrite)
H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); W. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
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.
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