18 March 2009
**A RARE IVORY TAOTIE MASK FITTING
SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
The convex fitting carved in relief with a taotie mask centered by a notched flange and carved to one side with a notched flange pierced for attachment, the reverse plain
1 7/8 in. (4.9 cm.) high, 2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) wide
S.H. Minkenhof Collection.
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R. Soame Jenyns, "Chinese Carvings in Elephant Ivory", TOCS, vol. 27, 1951-53, pp. 37-59, pl. 9, fig. 1 (middle).
S. Umehara, Yin Hsu, Tokyo, 1964, pl. CXXX (5).
Columbia University, New York, February 1965.
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