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2,000-year-old dragon pendant

Updated: Dec 6, 2022 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print
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The jade dragon pendant, dating back to the Warring States Period, is in the permanent collection of the Shanghai Museum. [Photo/Official WeChat account of the Shanghai Museum]

During the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), people adorned themselves with jade pendants hung at the waist. Here is a jade dragon pendant, part of a group of pendants. The W-shaped dragon has a horse-like head, a snake-like body and grain-like scales. Its coiled tail is also the head of a phoenix.

The dragon pendant provides a glimpse of the luxurious adornments and elegant lifestyle of China's ancient upper class. It is in the permanent collection of the Shanghai Museum.

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