• 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)

Classification
Jewelry and Ornament
Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1250-ca. 1050 BCE
Object Date
ca. 1250-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimension(s)
H x W x D: 11.3 × 7.6 × 0.6 cm (4 7/16 × 3 × 1/4 in)
Origin
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
S1987.888
獸面形飾
晚商安陽時期(公元前1250-1050年)
中國,疑似河南安陽市
軟玉
高11.3、寬7.6、厚0.6釐米
亞瑟·M·賽克勒贈送
器物編號: S1987.888
On View Location
Currently not on view
Provenance
Previous owner(s)
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959)
Edna H. Bahr (1907-1986)
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
Description
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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