• Ornament in the form of a mask (taotie)
  • Ornament in the form of a mask (taotie)
  • Ornament in the form of a mask (taotie)
  • Ornament in the form of a mask (taotie)

Ornament in the form of a mask (taotie)

Jewelry and Ornament
Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1250-ca. 1050 BCE
Object Date
ca. 1250-ca. 1050 BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 11.3 × 7.6 × 0.6 cm (4 7/16 × 3 × 1/4 in)
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
器物編號: S1987.888
On View Location
Currently not on view
Previous owner(s)
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959)
Edna H. Bahr (1907-1986)
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
Triangular mask with cicada below; green. (Mostly calcified; nicks in edges and nicks and pits on back; old paper labels adhering to back.)

The large, oval-shaped face is presented frontally, surmounted by a central symmetrical projection flanked by curving horns. A triangular pendant beneath the face is perforated, slightly off center. Pairs of incised lines define the facial features and the ornaments on the horns and triangular pendant.
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