Pendant in the form of a mask, probably reworked from a tube (cong 琮)

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Mask with convex surface. Pierced jaws and horns. Eye, jaw, and horns with spiral decoration are in doubly engraved line-relief. Engraved diamond on forehead. Reverse undecorated. Translucent green jade, brown marking on one edge. (Traces of earth; minor flaws.)

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3.2 x 4.6 x 1.6 cm (1 1/4 x 1 13/16 x 5/8 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.550
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Pendant

Keywords
animal, Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), carving, China, mask, nephrite, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

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, acquired in 1963 [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler in 1987 [3]

Notes:

[1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.

[2] See note 1.

[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

Mask with convex surface. Pierced jaws and horns. Eye, jaw, and horns with spiral decoration are in doubly engraved line-relief. Engraved diamond on forehead. Reverse undecorated. Translucent green jade, brown marking on one edge. (Traces of earth; minor flaws.)

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

Copyright with museum

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