face mask of person with closed eyes; pierced ears; delineated hairline; bronze, with bib attached to neck area in green-blue and brown patina

Funerary Mask of a Young Woman, 916-1125

expand_more

Gilt bronzeexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  2002.220.1

Not on Viewexpand_more

Founded in North China by semi-nomadic Khitans, the Liao dynasty (907-1125) produced a large number of superb gold and silver wares using traditional Chinese metalworking and gilding techniques. Unlike traditional Chinese burial customs, the Liao often used gold or gilt bronze funerary masks in burials of important individuals. It is thought these masks were portraits of the deceased. This superb life size example of a serenely elegant young woman is fully rounded and unusually well-finished. The flange below the chin is integral to the mask and, wrapped beneath silk clothing, it would have functioned to keep the mask in place.

Details
Title
Funerary Mask of a Young Woman
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2002.220.1
Curator Approved

This record has been reviewed by our curatorial staff but may be incomplete. These records are frequently revised and enhanced. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@artsmia.org.

Does something look wrong with this image? Let us know

face mask of person with closed eyes; pierced ears; delineated hairline; bronze, with bib attached to neck area in green-blue and brown patina