Pendant in the form of a mask, probably reworked from a tube (cong 琮)

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 1250-1050 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 3.9 × 4.8 × 2.3 cm (1 9/16 × 1 7/8 × 7/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    The mask appears to depict a horned owl. The frontal aspect is in the full round; the back is concave and plain. Single line decor provides the details, while deep notches give an openwork feeling. A hole under the beak is drilled from both sides. The color of the stone is green and brown, with cream calcification. (Calcification, spots to powder; few nicks in edges top and bottom; soil and cinnabar adhere.)
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 23b: Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings
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