Carved Jade brooch/pendant

Miyé Matsukata (American (born in Japan), 1922–1981)


Height x width x: depth: 1.5 x 6 x 1.8 cm x 1.8 (9/16 x 2 3/8 x 11/16 in.) Length: 49 cm (19 5/16 in.) of cord terminating in gold hook and eye

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold (18 kt. and 24 kt) and jade

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry



A carved pale jade rectangular plaque in the form of a dragon-like mythical beast surropunded by foliage is set in a gold mount with prongs on three sides, and a bezel on the fourth (one of the long) sides. A pin stem is soldered on the back on the long side of the piece to make a brooch. On one of the shorter sides, two loops are soldered on the back so the object can be worn as a pendant. A fabric cord with hand-fabricated terminations goes through the loops.


The marks "18k," 24k," and "Janiye" are stamped on one of the short sides of the gold frame on the back on the mount.


1972, sold by Janiye Jewelry Designers, Boston, MA to Gabriel Padawer, Brookline, MA; 2012, gift of Padawer to the MFA. (Accession date, January 30, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Martha Padawer


Reproduced with permission.