18 March 2009
THREE PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE BIRD AND ANIMAL PENDANTS
SHANG DYNASTY/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200-1000 BC
All flat and carved on both sides, including an upright bird with hooked beak, backswept crest above ears, rounded breast, wings with hooked flanged edge, clawed foot and a pendent tail tapering to a beveled edge; a recumbent long-necked bird with head turned around so that the long beak rests on the back, with scalloped feathers on the neck, scrolls on the body and striations on the short bifurcated tail feathers; and a crouching tiger with details of the head and scrolls on the body carved in slight thread relief
2¾ in. (7 cm.) high, 1 7/8 and 2 3/8 in. (4.8 and 6 cm.) long (3)
Crested bird: C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
Frank Caro, New York, 1958.
Recumbent bird: Chang Nai-chi Collection.
J.T. Tai & Co., New York.
Tiger: acquired 1963.
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Crested bird: An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades, C.T. Loo & Co. at Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, February 1950, pl. XV (3).
Tiger: Columbia University, New York, February 1965.
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