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Death Mask

Object Number:
44-16-1A
Current Location:
China Gallery
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Shanxi
Pingding
Period:
Liao Dynasty
Date Made:
Liao Dynasty
Early Date:
907
Late Date:
1125
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Silver
Description:
Silver death mask. Beaten from heavy sheet of silver. The delicate features of this think silver death mask were beaten into shape from a heavy sheet of metal. Masks like this were placed over the faces of men and women of the Kitan (Qidan) tribes that formed the Liao empire. The masks were attached to gold, silver, or copper wire shrouds that covered the buried bodies of the Kitan and were buried in Inner Mongolia and Liaoning Province from the mid-10th to early 12th century CE. The eyes partly closed with heavy eyebrows and a long thin nose. There is a small mouth and long ears, each with a pierced hole in the lobe.
Credit Line:
Purchased from Mathias Komor
Other Number:
CS-17   -   Other Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Magnificent Objects (06 May 2004 - Mar 2005)
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Chinese Bronze and Jade (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jul 2001)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2010. "The Luohan that Came from Afar". Expedition. 52 (3): 7-8. : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 8
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[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 85, Fig. 15
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[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: Cover; Pg. 75, Fig. 65
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