A Brown and Cream Jade Parrot and a Gilt-bronze Bird Group

Tang Dynasty
Length of the jade bird: 6.6cm
Length of the bronze bird: 7.3cm

Vigorously carved from jade of mottled brown and cream tones, the figure of the bird modeled with a rounded head, grasping a fruit branch in its curved beak and talons, the feathers on its back and wings finely detailed with varying patterns; the gilt-bronze weight cast as two birds nestled together, the details of the feathers and talons comparing closely with those of the jade example.