Pendant in the form of a mask

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Triangularly shaped mask carved with abstract design; pierced twice; greenish tan. (Mostly calcified; deposits; bottom side rough; old depression top left; nicks at top and bottom edges; pitting.)

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 4 x 3.4 x 0.5 cm (1 9/16 x 1 5/16 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.515
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Pendant

Keywords
carving, China, mask, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), taotie, WWII-era provenance
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
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from the Bahr collection in 1963 [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of 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 #547: "Triangular mask with high head dress flanged," on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009, copy in object file.

[3] Pursuant to the agreement between 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.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
Abel William Bahr 1877-1959

Description

Triangularly shaped mask carved with abstract design; pierced twice; greenish tan. (Mostly calcified; deposits; bottom side rough; old depression top left; nicks at top and bottom edges; pitting.)

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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