16 March 2017
A BRONZE BIRD-HEADED FINIAL
NORTHWEST CHINA, 5TH-4TH CENTURY BC
The finial is formed by a tube cast at the top with the head of a raptor and pierced on one side below the head with a hole for attachment to a pole.
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) high
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, by 1995.
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J. F. So and E. C. Bunker, Traders and Raiders on China's Northern Frontier, Washington D.C., Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1995, p. 121, no. 38.
Compare two bronze bird-headed pole finials of this type illustrated by A. Salmony, Sino-Siberian Art in the Collection of C. T. Loo, Paris, 1933, pl. VI (3 and 4). Each is described as the head of an eagle.
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