Pendant: Standing bird

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Shang dynasty, ca. 1400-ca. 1050 BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 11.8 x 8.2 x 1.2 cm (4 5/8 x 3 1/4 x 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament


bird, carving, China, nephrite, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance

Reportedly excavated in Anyang, Henan province, China [1]

From at least 1939 to 1940
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from at least November 4, 1939 [2]

From 1940
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on February 21, 1940 [3]


[1] Information provided by C. T. Loo, see John E. Lodge's curatorial remark, dated 1941, in object file.

[2] See "List of objects owned by C. T. Loo & Co., New York and [left] at the Gallery for examination," with an annotation that the piece was delivered by Loo on November 4, 1939, copy in object file.

[3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated February 21, 1940, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

Published References
  • Sueji Umehara. Kanan Anyo ibutsu no kenkyu (Study of Relics from Anyang). Kyoto. pl. 24.
  • Sueji Umehara. Shina kogyoku zuroku (Selected Specimens of Chinese Archaic Jade). Kyoto, 1955. pl. 87.
  • Sueji Umehara. In-kyo (Yin hsu: Ancient Capital of the Shang Dynasty at An-yang). Tokyo. pl. 141 (1).
  • Osvald Siren. Kinas Konst Under Tre Artusenden. 2 vols., Stockholm, 1942-1943. pl. 17.
  • Richard Ettinghausen Ernst Kuhnel. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present. 6 vols., London and New York, 1938 - 1939. .
  • Mizuno Seiichi. In Shu seidoki to tama (alt. spelling: In-sho seidoki to gyoku) (Bronzes and Jades of Ancient China). Tokyo. pl. 77a.
  • Cheng Te-k'un. Archaeology in China. 3 vols., Cambridge, England. pl. 13b.
  • Grace Dunham Guest Archibald Gibson Wenley. Annotated Outlines of the History of Chinese Arts. Washington, 1949. p. 6.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 29.
  • Dagny Carter. Four Thousand Years of China's Art. New York. p. 35 a, b.
  • Chung-kuo tiao su shih t'u lu. Chung-kuo mei shu shih t'u lu ts'ung shu Shanghai. p. 40.
  • Na Chih-liang. "玉器通史." Yu ch'i t'ung shih (A General Study of Chinese Jade). Hong Kong, 1965. p. 63, fig. 81.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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