18 March 2009
A VERY RARE CARVED BONE RITUAL IMPLEMENT
SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
Of slender waisted outline with flared curved ends, the upper end of each side finely carved, on the convex side with four taotie masks stacked above a narrow scroll band and a band of pendent blades, the slightly concave reverse carved with three vertically arranged dragons shown in profile, above scroll and pendent blade bands, and bordered at one edge by a raised band of scrolls interrupted by five equally spaced solid rectangles, the lower end of each side uncarved, and on the concave reverse forms a scoop
8 15/16 in. (22.8 cm.) long
Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
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Columbia University, New York, February 1965.
Compare the carved bone example excavated from the tomb of the Shang royal consort Fu Hao, Anyang, Henan province, illustrated in Yin hsu Fu Hao mu, Beijing, 1980, pl. 179:1.
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