Finial in the form of a human hybrid

Human head pendant with incised bird body; pierced; translucent gray. (Deposits; otherwise good condition.)

Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1050-771 BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 5.7 x 2.2 x 1.2 cm (2 1/4 x 7/8 x 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament


carving, China, nephrite, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

Human head pendant with incised bird body; pierced; translucent gray. (Deposits; otherwise good condition.)

Published References
  • J. Keith Wilson, Jingmin Zhang. Jades for Life and Death. .
  • John Johnston, Chan Lai Pik. 5000 Years of Chinese Jade. Exh. cat. San Antonio, Texas, 2011. cat. 26, p. 61.
  • New Frontiers in Global Archaeology: Defining China's Ancient Traditions [Quan qiu hua bei jing xia kao gu xue xin qian yan: jie du Zhongguo gu dai chuan tong]. New York, 2008. p. 310.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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