• Ornament (shi 飾) with mask and headdress
  • Ornament (shi 飾) with mask and headdress
  • Ornament (shi 飾) with mask and headdress

Ornament (shi 飾) with mask and headdress

Jewelry and Ornament
Artist: Shijiahe culture 石家河 (ca. 2500-ca. 2000 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 2500-2000 BCE
Object Date
ca. 2500-2000 BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 7.7 x 3.3 x 1.4 cm (3 1/16 x 1 5/16 x 9/16 in)
China, Middle Yangzi valley, Hubei province
Credit Line
Long-term loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of John Gellatly, 1929.8.276.1
Long-term loan
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Currently not on view
A semi-human face with a long neck; pronounced round nose; almond-shaped eyes; elaborate headdress with fine details; biconically perforated earrings flank the face; mouth revealing tusks pointing both up and down and two rows of teeth; semi-translucent, light green jade with white flecking; subtle relief effects; single conical bore top to bottom in base.
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