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Finial in the form of a bird with dragon

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At A Glance

  • Period

    20th century
  • Geography

    China
  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 9 x 3.5 x 1.2 cm (3 9/16 x 1 3/8 x 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number

    S1987.519
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_S1987.519

Object Details

  • Description

    A hole in the foot may indicate that this small sculptural object was fixed in a stand to serve as a statuette. It could also have been used as a pendant, especially since there is a bore-hole in the lower edge of the beak. The representation is that of a bird of prey, possibly an owl. Its head is surmounted by a kuei [kui] 夔 dragon, which assumes a protective position. A cowry shell is engraved below the eye. (Streaks of creamy calcification; deposits; end roughened, pitted.)
  • Provenance

    To 1959
    Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), Shanghai, China, London, England, Montreal, Canada, New York, NY, and Ridgefield, Connecticut
    [1]
    From 1963 to 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from the Bahr Collection in 1963 [2]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.
    [2] See #354:
    "Bird and Tiger Grey-whtie-black," on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009, copy in object file.
    [3] Pursuant to the agreement between Dr. Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Arts of China (November 18, 1990 to September 7, 2014)
    In Praise of Ancestors: Ritual Objects from China (September 28, 1987 to January 1, 1989)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Abel William Bahr (1877-1959)
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
  • Origin

    China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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