Animal mask plaque 玉兽面 - ROM2005_3522_1


Animal mask plaque 玉兽面

Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: Reportedly from northern Henan province, China
Date: 13th-1st half of 11th century BC
Period: Shang Dynasty
4.6 x 4.6 x 3 x 0.7 cm
Object number: 932.16.13
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionAnimal face-mask design like such is common in artworks of Shang and Western Zhou. This translucent, light green jade is in rectangular form that is pierced between the inward-curving, bovine horns and the central crest. It shows a fine herringbone pattern. Details of ears, nostrils and the irises of the eyes are in flat relief. All other details, including the eye outlines with lengthened and elaborated inner corners, are in the thread-line relief typical of mature Shang or Western Zhou decoration. The back of what may have been a plaque is polished but plain. A conical perforation under the nose meets one drilled from the back. Traces of earth and red pigment remain. 玉质青白色,半透明,有黄色沁。整体扁平,略呈长方形,碾琢出臣字目,卷云纹鼻、口,角直立、内卷,额饰倒人字纹。通体磨光,有无穿孔?背面有无纹饰?(古方)
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