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Bird Plaque


Artist Unknown (China)


1766-1122 B.C.

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G215
Bird Plaque, Artist Unknown (China)
: Carved Jades of Shang and Chou
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Jade (Do Not Use) | Calcified ivory jade with traces of red pigment
Size: 5 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 1/8 in. (13.34 x 4.76 x 0.32 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: Shang dynasty, 18th-12th century B.C.
Physical Description: Pendant in animal (bird?) silhouette; relief and incision on both sides, identical. Ivory jade; traces of red pigment; one of the tails is broken; the perforation is drilled from one side.
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.270
Added to Site: February 28, 2009