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Ornament (shi 飾) with mask and headdress

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 2500-2000 BCE
  • Geography

    Hubei province, Middle Yangzi valley, China
  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 7.7 x 3.3 x 1.4 cm (3 1/16 x 1 5/16 x 9/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    A semi-human face with a long neck; pronounced round nose; almond-shaped eyes; elaborate headdress with fine details; biconically perforated earrings flank the face; mouth revealing tusks pointing both up and down and two rows of teeth; semi-translucent, light green jade with white flecking; subtle relief effects; single conical bore top to bottom in base.
  • Collection

    Long-term loan
  • Origin

    Hubei province, Middle Yangzi valley, China
  • Culture

    Shijiahe culture, ca. 2500-ca. 2000 BCE
  • Credit Line

    Long-term loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of John Gellatly, 1929.8.276.1
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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