Artifact Date:

8000 - 1999 B.C.

Artifact Era/Dynasty:

Xia Dynasty (c. 2070-1600 BC)

Creator:

Unknown

Creator Ancestory:

Chinese

Department:

The Museum Proper

Replica or Original:

Replica

On Display, In Storage, or in a Private Offsite Collection:

On Display

Primary Material:

Metal

Medium:

Bronze

Dimensions:

3.5" x 7.5" x 4"

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A replica bronze mask found at the Sanxingdui excavation.
三星堆遺址出土的青銅面具複製品。

    

Classification/Category:

Personal Objects

Specific Classification:

Mask

Notable Signatures,

Inscriptions, and/or Markings:

Donated by:

Unknown

Accession Number

1993.044.001

Catalogue Entry

This odd looking bug-eyed bronze mask may not look like traditional Chinese artistry, however it is a small replica of an enormous ancient mask that was discovered in Guanghan Sanxingdui, Sichuan. In 1986, archeologists discovered a collection of over 3,000 bronze artifacts, from a pit reserved for sacrificial rite objects. This excavation exposed sophisticated Chinese technology and the ability of ancient civilization's to cast sizeable bronze objects. 


The actual artifact that is held in the Sanxingdui Museum in Deyang is the size of a small car!


這個古怪的蟲眼青銅面具看起來可能並不像中國的傳統藝術風格,但它其實是在四川廣漢三星堆發現的一個巨大的古代面具的小型複製品。1986 年,考古學家在一個保存著祭祀物品的坑中發現了 3,000 多件青銅器。這次發現展示了中國尖端的技術和古代文明鑄造大型青銅器的能力。


你可能不會想像到,在德陽三星堆博物館裏的實物,竟然有一輛小車那麼大!

Online References:

Weiss, D. (2015). Seismic Shift - Archaeology Magazine. Archeology.Org. https://www.archaeology.org/issues/169-1503/trenches/2986-trenches-china-sanxingdui-civilization

Song, Li. Chinese Bronze Ware: A Mirror of Culture. Beijing. China Intercontinental Press. 2009.

Artifact Date:

8000 - 1999 B.C.

Xia Dynasty (c. 2070-1600 BC)

Artifact Era/Dynasty:

Unknown

Creator:

Chinese

Creator Ancestry:

Catalogue Entry

Online References:

Weiss, D. (2015). Seismic Shift - Archaeology Magazine. Archeology.Org. https://www.archaeology.org/issues/169-1503/trenches/2986-trenches-china-sanxingdui-civilization

Song, Li. Chinese Bronze Ware: A Mirror of Culture. Beijing. China Intercontinental Press. 2009.

Department:

The Museum Proper

On Display, In Storage, or in a Private Offsite Collection:

On Display

Replica or Original:

Replica

A replica bronze mask found at the Sanxingdui excavation.
三星堆遺址出土的青銅面具複製品。

Listen

00:00 / 01:04

Classification/Category:

Personal Objects

Specific Classification:

Mask

Notable Signatures,

Inscriptions, and/or Markings:

Primary Material:

Metal

Medium:

Bronze

Dimensions:

3.5" x 7.5" x 4"

Donated by:

Unknown

Accession Number:

1993.044.001

Sanxingdui Bronze Mask 三星堆青銅面罩