Pendant in the form of a bird

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1200-1000 BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 4.5 x 2.5 x 0.2 cm (1 3/4 x 1 x 1/16 in)
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament


Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), bird, carving, China, nephrite, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance

To 1963
J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York [1]

From 1963 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York in 1963 [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]


[1] J. T. Tai's stockcard no. YT-950, "1 jade piece," according to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation on October 9, 2009.

[2] See Tai's invoice dated X/15/63, copy in object file

[3] Pursuant to the agreement between 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.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
J.T. Tai & Co. established in 1950

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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