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Bird-shaped finial

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Bird-shaped finial

Date

Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Medium

Bronze on a wooden stand

Dimensions

H: 9.5 cm.

Reference

CVCSC 0348.A

Collection

Chinese

Status

On Display

During the Han dynasty, men reaching 70 years of age were awarded with a wangzhang, or king’s staff, which was topped with a dove-shaped finial. This reward earned them certain advantages and a greater respect amongst the community.

Bird-shaped finial Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) © Compton Verney