Tubular head ornament

Tubular ornament, smoothly ground with upper rim slanted back at a steep angle; irregularities at various points on rim; narrower bottom uneven and worn; translucent olive-green. (Large, wide veins of calcification; several large flaws in surface and in edge; cracks, edges nicked, and surface pitted.)

Maker(s)
Artist: Hongshan culture 紅山 (ca. 3800-ca. 2700 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3800 - 2700 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 15.8 x 9.7 x 7 cm (6 1/4 x 3 13/16 x 2 3/4 in)
Geography
Northeast China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.842
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Head ornament

Keywords
carving, China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), nephrite, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Tubular ornament, smoothly ground with upper rim slanted back at a steep angle; irregularities at various points on rim; narrower bottom uneven and worn; translucent olive-green. (Large, wide veins of calcification; several large flaws in surface and in edge; cracks, edges nicked, and surface pitted.)

Published References
  • Jean-Pierre Dubosc. Mostra d’arte Cinese: Catalogo [Exhibition of Chinese art: Catalogue]. Exh. cat. Venice, 1954. No. 185.
  • Elizabeth Childs-Johnson, Fang Gu. Yuqi shidai: Meiguo bowuguan cang Zhongguo zaoqi yuqi [The Jade Age: Early Chinese Jades in American Museums]. Beijing, 2009. p. 33.
  • Dr. Paul Singer. Chinese Art: A Thousand Masterpieces from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Washington, 2000. p. 62.
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 32b, p. 76.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
SI Usage Statement

Usage Conditions Apply

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery welcome information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.

Related Objects