Pendant in the form of a mask, reworked

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

    Jade (nephrite) with traces of cinnabar
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 5 x 4.3 x 0.5 cm (1 15/16 x 1 11/16 x 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Pendant; mask with low relief carving on one side; pierced; translucent greenish-gray. (Spotty calcification; few nicks.)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
    Mrs. Christian R. Holmes (1871-1941)
    Tonying and Company 通運公司 (established 1902)
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
  • Provenance

    From 1925
    C. T. Loo & Co., Paris and New York, from at least 1925 [1]
    Mrs. Christian R. (Bettie F.) Holmes (1871-1941), New York and "The Chimneys," Sands Point, Port Washington, Long Island [2]
    To 1959
    Tonying and Company, New York, to November 25, 1959 [3]
    From 1959 to 1987
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), New York, purchased from Tonying and Company on November 25, 1959 [4]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [5]
    [1] See Paul Pelliot, Jades Archaïques de Chine appartenant à M. C .T Loo (Paris and Brussels: G. Van Oest, 1925), pl. XXXII-2.
    [2] According to information provided by Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 2009.
    [3] See Tonying & Company’s invoice, issued to Arthur M. Sackler, dated November 25, 1959, in which the jade is listed under no. Jo 3: “Archaic Jade Animal Mask / Chou,” copy in object file, provided by Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 2009.
    [4] See Tonying & Company’s invoice, citied in note 2.
    [5] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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