A Chinese dealer sold me this group of 13 jade bird pendants and said they were from the Shang dynasty (16th-11th century BC) My personal, if inexpert opinion is that they could date from Shang to Xi Zhou period (1046-771 BC) as these bird forms continue to be produced into 771 BC.
|13 jade bird pendants|
The group of 13 birds consists of a pair of swans, 4 geese, 3 parrots, 2 flat mouth birds, one swallow and the last and smallest is one which I cannot really identify. The birds are well carved with prominent beaks and have bodies decorated with simple cloud scrolls and raised lines. The nephrite jade is mostly altered to white.
|Swans and geese belong to waterfowl family|
|Swans mate for life and come in pairs|
2 of the geese are carved as flat pieces while the bottom piece , slightly bigger, is carved in the round with traces of cinnabar all over its body. They display the flexibility of their necks with a charming backward turning pose.
|3 geese showing off their graceful necks|
|Little gosling, not an ugly duckling.|
|2 birds with short beaks|
|A trio of parrots|
Last and least (in size) is this little charmer which I am not even sure its a bird. Are those paws or wings that are clasped together ? It has a tail and the hole is bored through the clasped wings or paws.
It measures all of 1.8 x 0.9 cm.
|Is this bird or animal ?|
|Birds with a long history|