Highly stylized depiction of dragon design with tiger head, lower right portion broken off
jade pendant of zoomorphic design and classic Late Shang style. The head is depicted as a feline with open mouth. Lower right portion broken off. Relief carving in double lines on surface. Used as pendant for high elite in Shang period, generally encountered as tomb furnishing in the Central Plains of northern China
ceremonial jade ge dagger-axe, pointed blade on one end and squared tang for hafting on the other. It was broken and mented in the middle. Traces of cinnabar, red mercury sulfide, remain on the jade surface, indicating it probably came from a Shang elite burial in China. The jade material was probably fire treated to create the bony look.
jade ge dagger-axe for ceremonial display by Shang (circa 16th to 11th century B.C.) elite in Bronze Age China, often discovered as grave goods in elite burials of the Late Shang period, along with bronze halberds and other military hardware associated with chariot warfare. It was probably once covered in cinnabar, red mercury sulfide, as everything else in the elite burial. The jade or hardstone was probably heat treated to create the bony look.
jade pendent with zoomorphic design, with abstract representation of animal form, possibly a bird. Notchs on the edge and worn relief carvings on the surface indicate that the pendant was probably recarved from a broken jade object from an earlier era.
Jade pendent with zoomorphic design, with abstract representation of animal form, possibly a bird. Such pendants are frequently encountered in Shang elite tombs in the second half of the sencond millennium B.C. in the Central Plains, China. Notchs on the edge and worn relief carvings on the surface indicate that the pendant was probably recarved from a broken jade object from an earlier era, possibly a ceremonial blade from the coastal prehistoric Longshan society of the third millennium