Bird pendant 玉鸟 - ROM2005_3539_1


Bird pendant 玉鸟

Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: Reportedly from northern Henan province, China
Date: 13th-1st half 11th century BC
Period: Shang Dynasty
4.9 x 3.2 cm
Object number: 932.16.190
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
Description The soft grey-green jade of this pendant is lightly flecked and semi-translucent, with amber veins and patches. Seen as from above, the bird was perfunctorily carved in a roughly triangular form. It has large round eyes in a small round beaked head carved in slight relief against the flat body, which is all out-spread wings and tail. The back is flat and plain, except for incised and indented main divisions. The underside is rounded towards the edges, with legs and feet represented by divided, low-relief, rectangular "blocks." There is a biconical perforation under the beak for stringing. 玉质青色,半透明,有褐色沁。整体呈三角形,鸟圆头,尖喙,大圆圈眼,双翅展开做飞翔状,平尾分叉。通体打磨光润,背面有一穿孔。(古方)
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