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Loan Object

Eagle-Owl Pendant

5th–3rd millennium b.c.e.

Jade (nephrite)

1 1/16 × 1 1/4 in. (2.7 × 3.18 cm)
Lent by the Peabody Museum of Natural History, YPM ANT 295357
ILE2017.13.5
Pendants in the shape of eagles or eagle-owl hybrids probably served a ritualistic and protective role in the early Hongshan culture in China. They are made of nephrite, which was the only jade type used in China until the eighteenth century, when Burmese jade, or jadeite, also began to be imported.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Neolithic, Hongshan Culture (4700–2900 B.C.E)
Classification: 
Jewelry
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.