Bird-shaped p'ei pendant
Shang dynasty (1766 1122 B.C.)
Length: I 1.35 cm Width: 5.0 cm Thickness: 0.3 cm
Jade pendants were regarded since antiquity as a symbol of the superior man. It is possible that this p'ei pendant in the shape of a bird also had a totemistic function. A dragon surmounting an owl is a typical motif of the late Shang period.
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