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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: 6.8 x 3.8 x 1.3 cm (2 11/16 x 1 1/2 x 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number

    S1987.880
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_S1987.880

Object Details

  • Description

    The semi-human face has a pronounced bulbous nose in relief; almond-shaped eyes with incised outlines; fangs pointing both up and down; mouth revealing two rows of teeth; tall ornamented headdress; mottled green jade with white marbling; multiple holes at the bottom of the face. (Condition: Roughly carved around back of suspension holes and on left side of mask; slight nicks in edges; traces of calcification.)
  • Provenance

    To 1959
    Abel William Bahr (1877–1959), Shanghai, China; London, England; Montreal, Canada; New York, NY, and Ridgefield, Connecticut [1]
    From 1963 to 1987
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from the Bahr Collection in 1963 [2]
    From 1987
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.
    [2] See no. 548: "Human face with projections above," on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009, copy in object file.
    [3] Pursuant to the agreement between Dr. 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.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    In Praise of Ancestors: Ritual Objects from China (September 28, 1987 to January 1, 1989)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Abel William Bahr (1877-1959)
    Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
  • Origin

    Hubei province, Middle Yangzi valley, China
  • Culture

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

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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