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Bird Finial


Artist Unknown (China)


1523-1028 B.C.

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G215
Bird Finial, Artist Unknown (China)
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Jade (Do Not Use) | Pale green translucent jade with traces of red pigment
Size: 3 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 3/16 in. (9.21 x 5.72 x 0.56 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: 16th-11th century B.C., Shang dynasty
Physical Description: Finial of an unidentifiable animal, with curved uneven flanges incised design on both sides, similar but not identical pale green translucent jade traces of red pigment and clay-like substance.
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.224
Added to Site: February 28, 2009