Celadon Green Nephrite Jade
Length: 4 cm (1.25 inches)
Liao Dynasty (遼朝), Circa 916-1125 AD
Jade animals worked during the Liao Dynasty show a lively, animated quality which is not seen in later periods. The present pair of bird form pendants demonstrate this naturalistic quality in abundance. The pair are rendered from a similar deep celadon green nephrite jade. The pair may have once been an integral part of a larger necklace.
In our opinion, the subject matter, material and workmanship suggest a Liao date for this pair of exceptional bird pendants.
From a private American collection.
Reference Number: 4172
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