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Jade nostril plugs

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Jade nostril plugs

Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: China
Date: late 3rd Century BC-early 1st Century AD
Period: Western Han dynasty
Dimensions:
2.3 x 1.2 cm
Object number: 927.19.181
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionCHINA GALLERY LEVEL 3: "Tombs and their contents reveal significant information about the Han. The Han believed that one's spirit could leave the tomb and travel to Mount Kunlun, the world of paradise and immortality ruled by the Queen Mother of the West. While tombs were the point of divine departure for the soul, they were also permanent residences for the body, equipped for eternal comfort. The tomb housed a coffin containing the deceased (in preparation for interment, body openings were plugged with jade, believed to prevent decay), as well as gifts selected from daily life or made especially for the burial. As places where relatives could make offerings to their ancestors, tombs were vital links between the living and the dead. Examples of tomb structures and architectural elements can be found in the adjacent Chinese architecture gallery."
Collection:
China
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