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Chinese Ming Dynasty Jade Bird Finial

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Lot 0065 Details

Description
East Asia, China, Ming Dynasty, ca. 1368 to 1644 CE. A beautiful bird effigy finial, finely carved from white jade (nephrite) with russet brown veining . Note the lovely form with skillfully delineated incised wings, tail feathers, eyes, and long beak - as well as the crest that extends from the bird's head to his wings forming an opening that could be used for suspension or attachment. Size: 2.75" L x .875" H (7 cm x 2.2 cm)

Chinese art has incorporated jade since the Neolithic period; quarries for nephrite, the formal name for jade, have been found in modern-day southern Mongolia that date to ca. 4000 BCE. The stone was prized for its hardness, its beautiful coloration (with a milky white being the most desired), and its durability. By the third millennium BCE, we know that jade had also come to be associated with immortality. Jade was used to make everything from everyday household objects and decoration to the ceremonial suits in which Han dynasty emperors were buried – with the belief that jade would preserve the body and the soul for eternity.

Provenance: private collection of Dr. Evan Maurer, a former Curator of the Minneapolis Art Institute (USA)

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#132100
Condition
Minute divots on bottom, perhaps from previous attachment. Otherwise excellent.
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Chinese Ming Dynasty Jade Bird Finial

Estimate $600 - $900Apr 05, 2018
Starting Price $250
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