Ornament (shi 飾) with mask

Detail of a pattern
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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: 3.7 x 7 x 0.5 cm (1 7/16 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    LTS1985.1.276.3
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_LTS1985.1.276.3

Object Details

  • Description

    Flat plaque ornament with semi-human face; almond-shaped eyes; wide mouth revealing fangs pointing up and down and one row of teeth; biconically perforated round earrings flank the face; ornate nose design; light green jade with traces of calcification below.
  • 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, 1929.8.276.3
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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