Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Tao Tieh Mask - China

Double-profile masks from Chinese ancient Shang bronzes.

"The Tao Tieh is a motif commonly found on ritual bronze vessels from the Shang and Zhou Dynasty. The design typically consists of a zoomorphic mask, described as being frontal, bilaterally symmetrical, with a pair of raised eyes and typically no lower jaw area. Some argue that the design can be traced back to Neolithic jades of the ancient Yangtze River Liangzhu culture."

1 comment:

  1. Dear Mary Alice -
    I think you should note that your gold plates picture is of a replica, just for those who may not realize that.