Ornament (shi飾) with mask

citation

Very light translucent greenish nephrite ornament mask. Carved in relief and incised. Reverse pierced with six holes for fastening, and a central hole running from top to bottom.

Maker(s)
Artist: Longshan culture 龍山 (ca. 3000 - ca. 1700 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3000 - 1700 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 4.6 x 4.1 x 1.6 cm (1 13/16 x 1 5/8 x 5/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1953.9
On View Location
Freer Gallery 19: Afterlife: Ancient Chinese Jades
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Ornament

Keywords
carving, China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), mask, nephrite, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1953
Alice Boney (1910-1988), New York. [1]

From 1953
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Alice Boney, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] See Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Alice Boney 1901 - 1988

Description

Very light translucent greenish nephrite ornament mask. Carved in relief and incised. Reverse pierced with six holes for fastening, and a central hole running from top to bottom.

Label

The face of this ornament resembles the relief versions on the chisel (F1915.87) and applique (F1939.54), but it lacks their more complex outline. The smooth, flat sides of the head and neck may, in fact, have been refinished in ancient or, more likely, recent times. Several generations of owners might have drilled the complex system of holes on the back to accommodate their different ways of using this jade.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Jades for Life and Death
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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