Ming dynasty Naturalistically worked in the form of a bird depicted with head gently turned left, its feet in a perched position, the body finely worked with both wings tightly bound to the sides and swept upwards, the feathery body conveyed through deftly worked lines, all terminating in a prominent elongated tail, the stone of a pale greenish colour with russet markings. 9cm long.
Provenance 來源: Spink & Son Ltd., London, 20 May 1985
The bird finial is one of the most ancient motifs found in prehistoric artifacts, particularly Liangzhu jades. For another later example of a jade finial, but in the form of a dove, see Later Chinese Jades. Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century, San Francisco, 2007, p.260, no.274.
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