Pendant in the form of a knotted dragon, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–256 b.c.), 3rd century China Jade (Nephrite) H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm), W. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm) Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation Inc., 1985 (1985.214.99)
The musicians from Central Asia depicted on these jade belt plaques illustrate the mix of musical cultures that marked the international commerce conducted along the Silk Road and the Tang dynasty's official recognition of ten kinds of music, including those played by ensembles from Samarkand, Bokhara, Kashgar, Kucha, Turfan, India, Korea, and the indigenous Han Chinese community. 7th-8th C.