Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, 600-800
H x W x D: 5 x 5.1 x 2.4 cm (1 15/16 x 2 x 15/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament


China, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
Provenance research underway.

The figure on this ornament may represent a shaman, a person who acts as a medium and is able to summon the good and evil forces that dwell in the world.  It is thought that ornaments like this were worn on shamanist headdresses or by Daoist priests as part of ritual dress.

Published References
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 74a, p. 118.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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