Pendant (pei) in the form of a bird

Ornament, bird; carved linear details; opaque tans. (Broken tip of beak and chest [latter original loop?]; adherence, reddish [textiles?].)

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 4.3 x 5.1 x 0.5 cm (1 11/16 x 2 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.679
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Jewelry

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), bird, carving, China, nephrite, WWII-era provenance
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]

Notes:

[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
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948

Description

Ornament, bird; carved linear details; opaque tans. (Broken tip of beak and chest [latter original loop?]; adherence, reddish [textiles?].)

Published References
  • J. Keith Wilson, Jingmin Zhang. Jades for Life and Death. .
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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