Alice Boney (1910-1988), New York. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Alice Boney, New York. 
 See Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
Alice Boney 1901 - 1988
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.
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.
- Published References
- Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 30.
- Doris J. Dohrenwend. Jade Demonic Images from Early China. vol. 10 Washington and Ann Arbor, 1975. pp. 55-78, fig. 6a-b.
- Richard Gump. Jade: Stone of Heaven., 1st ed. Garden City, NY, 1962. p. 90.
- Alfred Salmony. Chinese Jade Through the Wei Dynasty. New York, 1963. cat. 6a,b,c, pl. 12.
- William Watson. The Art of Dynastic China. New York, 1981. ill. 583.
- Geoffrey WIlls. Jade of the East., 1st ed. New York, 1972. fig. 36.
- Wu Hung. I'tsu tsao-ch'i ti yu-shig tiao-k'o (A Group of Early Jade and Stone Carvings)., 1979. p. 69, fig. 13.
- 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. 147.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum