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Object Number:
49-14-10
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Shang Dynasty
Date Made:
Shang Dynasty
Early Date:
1700
Late Date:
1100
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Clay
Iconography:
Owl
Description:
Black ware. The owl-head cover fits over the neck of the jar. Head, feathers, etc. deeply carved. 1 foot damaged. The owl seems to have been the totem of the Shang rulers. It was severely rejected by the succeeding (Zhou) Dynasty which considered it an emblem of evil-- as it has been ever since. It is a familiar form for ritual bronzes of the Shang.
Credit Line:
Bequest of Julia Morgan, through brother Hugh Morgan

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