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                                                  Pendant with Human and Dragon Motifs
n Neolithic Period to the Hsia Dynasty (ca. 6000-1600 B.C.)
n Figure
n Salamander-Human
n Disc
n Shang Dynasty to the Western Chou (ca. 1600-771 B.C.)
n Pendant with Human and Dragon Motifs
n Pair of Rams
n Boar
n Eastern Chou to the Han Dynasty  (770 B.C. to A.D. 220)
n Tiger Pendant
n Figure(ca.14-87B.C)
n Double Dragon Pendant from Ch'in
n Bronze Knife with Jade Handle and Hilt
n "Perpetual Happiness" Disc

                       Pendant with Human and Dragon Motifs


Height: 11 cm,
width: 3.7 cm,
thickness: 0.7 cm

          Carved from green jade, many of the engraved lines here still retain traces of cinnabar. Carved in profile are parts of human and dragon forms. The prominent features of the human heads above, facing in opposite directions, are topped by differing crowns. The torso only reveals the lower half of the body as if sitting in a position with the legs tucked in. The human forms blend with the three coiled dragon motifs found on this piece. The human faces appear similar but are differentiated by the crowns. Two circular holes were drilled from one side through the neck of the upper dragon, indicating this once was suspended as a pendant.

          This object appears similar to a figurine excavated from Chang-chia-p’o, only longer and larger. The decoration is also more vigorous. The bodies of the humans and dragons are decorated with pairs of engraved lines. The high, spiraling crown is close to one found on an early Western Chou jade figurine excavated in Kansu (west-central China). Thus, this work represents an early style in the middle of the Western Chou.

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