Double Dragon Pendant

Chinese


Double Dragon Pendant, 475-256 BCE, Zhou Dynasty, Warring States Period

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Nephrite

Dimensions: 1 1/4 × 3 3/16 in. (3.2 × 8.1 cm)

Gift of the Estate of Miss Carol Churchill Pierson, 2005.270

In Chinese culture, the dragon is made up of several animal parts—the head of a camel, horns of a deer, scales of fish, ears of a cow, paws of a tiger, and the claws of an eagle. This jade Double Dragon Pendant was made in the transitional period when Chinese dragon worship developed from cult object to imperial symbol. Most likely it was used either as a ritual tool or a decoration in an important ritual.

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