|Current Location||Collections Storage|
|Date Made||Qing Dynasty|
|Inscription Language||Chinese Language|
Walrus ivory abstinence plaque (齋戒牌), inscribed in Chinese and Manchu. The Chinese text reads 齋戒 zhaijie "abstinence; fasting". It was worn as a warning that the wearer is making a religious fast and should not be offered certain luxury foods. It was also meant to remind the wearer not to engage in sexual activity for three days before worship.
|Credit Line||Gift of Helen J. Airgood in memory of Dr. S. Paul Jones, 1954|
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