Jade mask

Western Han (206 BC -- 8 AD)

Height 22.5 cm

Unearthed from Prince Jibeiís tomb, Shuangrushan Changqing County, Shandong Province, 1996

By courtesy of Museum of Changqing County, Shandong Province

  Eighteen pieces of jade are finely made in correspondence to human forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, ears and other facial parts. They were cleverly arranged and strung with silk to form a mask for the dead. The nose part is extremely exquisite with engraved and pierced patterns,