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A CALCIFIED JADE CARVING OF A BIRD
SHANG - EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 USD
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A CALCIFIED JADE CARVING OF A BIRD
SHANG - EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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A CALCIFIED JADE CARVING OF A BIRD
SHANG - EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
the flat stone carved on both sides as a recumbent bird in profile, with large circular eyes and long sloping beak, a long hooked feather extending from the crown of the head alongside the remnant of another plume, the tail arced downward, the body incised with a spiral forming the breast, the olive-beige stone calcified and with traces of cinnabar
Height 2 in., 5.2 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Lord Cunliffe, The Rt. Hon. Rolf, 2nd Baron Cunliffe of Headley (1899-1963).
Bluett & Sons Ltd., London, circa 1973.
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 18th June 1986.
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 61.

Exhibited

A Catalogue of Early Chinese Bronzes, Jades and Allied Decorative Works of Art from the Cunliffe Collection, Bluett & Sons Ltd., London, 1973, ill. pl. B. no. 65.

Catalogue Note

See a related example illustrated in Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jades from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 12:29, where the author notes that birds with long, downward turning tails were fairly common at Anyang and became more widespread during the Western Zhou. For a related, more elaborately incised example, see one from the collection of King Gustaf Adolf and in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, exhibited in Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, Oriental Ceramic Society, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1975, cat. no. 68. 

Compare also a more elongated 'bird' pendant illustrated in Max Loehr, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Cambridge, 1975, pl. 256, and one sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 21st May 1982, lot 976. A more simplified pendant of similar form, attributed to the late Shang dynasty, sold at Christie's New York, 2nd June 1989. 

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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New York