University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:44-16-1A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Shanxi
Pingding
Period: Liao Dynasty
Date Made: Liao Dynasty
Early Date: 907
Late Date: Liao Dynasty
Section:Asian
Materials:Silver
Credit Line:Purchased from Mathias Komor, 1944

Description

Silver death mask. Beaten from heavy sheet of silver. The delicate features of this thin 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 are 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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Magnificent Objects (06 May 2004 - Mar 2005) View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Bronze and Jade (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jul 2001 - 05 Feb 2018) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 162 Middle row, center; Page 415 Top rightView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2010. "The Luohan that Came from Afar". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 52 (3): 7-8. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Page 415 Top rightView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Salmony, Alfred. 1933. Sino-Siberian Art in the Collections of C.T. Loo. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate xviView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Fontein, Jan. 1973. Unearthing China's Past. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 192-194; #101View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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