14 September 2009
A RARE PALE GREENISH-WHITE AND PALE BROWN JADE BIRD-FORM FITTING
TANG/LIAO DYNASTY, 10TH-11TH CENTURY
Well carved in the round as a recumbent bird with bent legs carved flat on the underside, the long neck arched sharply back where it meets upturned tail feathers to create a narrow horizontal slot, while a circular channel pierces the body from the chest and issues as a tube between the tail feathers, the head and feathers well detailed, with russet markings in the stone
2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) long
Desmond Gure Collection, 1968.
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Chinese Jades, Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, 1963, no. 70 (not illus.).
Compare the similar jade bird included in Illustrated Catalogue of Chinese Government Exhibits for the International Exhibition of Chinese Art in London, vol. IV, Miscellaneous, 1936, p. 43, no. 22.
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