Two Early Jade Fish Pendants, Western Zhou (11th BC-771 BC)
From the late Shang dynasty to Western Zhou dynasty, jade fish was a fashionable accessory for the aristocrats. It was also used for burial. The speckled dark greenish jade piece is in a simple straight elongated fish silhouette with a split tail. It was simply carved on both sides with circular eyes, curved gills and dorsal and pelvic fins. There is a delicate bore hole near the mouth for hanging, and traces of cinnabar. It's the typical style of this period. The other cream colored piece is in a simple elongated oval outline, carved on both sides with curved gills and tail fin. The eye is represented by a bore hole, which is also used for hanging. Jade fish is an auspicious symbol. In the early ancient time, it reflected the natural condition of production and living, and later became a symbol of wealth.