Item RNT-ob-0084 - Chinese Mask

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Chinese Mask

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  • Object

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  • 1963-1991 (Creation)

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Physical description

Mask : wood ; 25 x 11 x 20 cm

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Custodial history

From 1963 to 1991, Robert Thompson visited China and Taiwan multiple times. It is likely he aquired this object during his time there, though it is unknown if he purchased this object or was given it as a gift.

Scope and content

Object is a mask. It is carved from a dark wood, with the outside painted black. The mask depicts a smiling human face, with a hole carved for each eye and the open mouth. There is a cord that is situated around the back of the mask attached to the edges of the mask, presumably to hold the mask to the wearer's face.

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Robert N. Thompson


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Preferred citation Trinity Western University Archives and Special Collections, Robert N. Thompson fonds, Objects and Artifacts Related to Robert N. Thompson sous-fond, RNT-ob-0084.

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Images of the artifact/object were taken by a Fuji X-A1 digital camera on a white background. Three images were created the Photoshop file (source file), the preservation copy (TIFF) and the access copy (Jpeg). The image was manipulated using Adobe Photoshop to brighten the background, crop the image, and insert the identification number.

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For records related to Robert Thompson's association with China see: RNT-SF-4, Political Years -> Series 3, General

Physical description

The mask displays some wear, as the black paint on the face has worn off in some places to reveal the wood, such as the nose bridge, above the eyebrows, the cheeks, and the lips.

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March, 2023, FN

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Physical storage

  • Box: B 47 S 02 Box 08