Pendant (pei) in the form of a bird

Historical period(s)
late Anyang period, Late Shang or early Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 11th century BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 4.3 x 5.1 x 0.5 cm (1 11/16 x 2 x 3/16 in)
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), Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), WWII-era provenance

From 1925
C. T. Loo & Co., Paris and New York, from at least 1925 [1]

Mrs. Christian R. (Bettie F.) Holmes (1871-1941), New York and "The Chimneys," Sands Point, Port Washington, Long Island [2]

To 1959
Tonying and Company, New York, to November 25, 1959 [3]

From 1959 to 1987
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), New York, purchased from Tonying and Company on November 25, 1959 [4]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [5]


[1] See Paul Pelliot, Jades Archaïques de Chine appartenant à M. C. T. Loo (Paris and Brussels: G. Van Oest, 1925), pl. XXVI-6.

[2] According to information provided by Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 2009.

[3] See Tonying & Company’s invoice, issued to Arthur M. Sackler, dated November 25, 1959, in which the jade is listed under no. Jo 32: “Archaic Jade Bird / Shang,” copy in object file, provided by Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 2009.

[4] See Tonying & Company’s invoice, citied in note 2.

[5] 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)

Tonying and Company
Mrs. Christian R. Holmes 1871 - 1941
C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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