Carved Jade brooch/pendant

American
1972
Miyé Matsukata (American (born in Japan), 1922–1981)


Dimensions

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

2013.56

Medium or Technique

Gold (18 kt. and 24 kt) and jade

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Brooches

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.

Markings

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

Provenance

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

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.