Pendant in the form of a bird

citation

Bird pendant of semi-translucent, mottled greenish-white material. Bird depicted in profile with details of beak, crest, wings, tail, and legs rendered in summary manner. Straight, incised line separates legs and tail from upper portion of body on either side of pendant. Biconical perforation for eye.

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3.3 × 2.8 × 0.4 cm (1 5/16 × 1 1/8 × 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1979.25
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Pendant

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), bird, carving, China, incising, nephrite, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Bird pendant of semi-translucent, mottled greenish-white material. Bird depicted in profile with details of beak, crest, wings, tail, and legs rendered in summary manner. Straight, incised line separates legs and tail from upper portion of body on either side of pendant. Biconical perforation for eye.

Published References
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 2, p. 13.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum