Mask with gold foil

UnknownShang Dynasty ca.1600 - 1046 BC

Sanxingdui Museum

Sanxingdui Museum
Guanghan, China

Of the many bronze figurines found at the Sanxingdui site, only four were decorated with a gold mask. This mask is made of gold foil and glued to the figure using a paste composed of raw lacquer and lime.


  • Title: Mask with gold foil
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Creator Lifespan: Unknown
  • Creator Nationality: China
  • Creator Gender: Unknown
  • Date: Shang Dynasty ca.1600 - 1046 BC
  • Location: Sanxingdui, Guanghan city, Sichuan Province
  • Physical Dimensions: w15 x h45.8 cm (The gold foil with many holes and cracks was spliced with several fragments, lacking it;s right of forehead, 4/5 of mouth and lower jaw)
  • Provenance: Sanxingdui Museum
  • Type: sculpture
  • External Link: Sanxingdui Museum
  • Medium: bronze

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