Pendant in the form of a bird

The bird is presented in profile. The small crested head, large body and foot, and long, raised tail appear disproportionate. The lines indicating the wings and tail also suggest a lack of sensitivity to the overall scale of the piece. Perhaps the present composition is a re-cutting of a large original version. Circular perforations appear on the chest and tail of the bird. (Calcified; few very small areas of surface abrasion.)

Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1050-ca. 950 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7 x 9 x 0.4 cm (2 3/4 x 3 9/16 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.846
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Jewelry

Keywords
bird, carving, China, nephrite, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Desmond Gure 1905 - 1970
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Description

The bird is presented in profile. The small crested head, large body and foot, and long, raised tail appear disproportionate. The lines indicating the wings and tail also suggest a lack of sensitivity to the overall scale of the piece. Perhaps the present composition is a re-cutting of a large original version. Circular perforations appear on the chest and tail of the bird. (Calcified; few very small areas of surface abrasion.)

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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