Spatula - ROM2005_3517_1

ROM2005_3517_1

Spatula

Medium:Carved bone
Geography: Reportedly from Xiaotun, Anyang, China
Date: 13th-first half of 11th century BC
Period: Shang Dynasty
Dimensions:
6.5 x 30 x 5 cm
Object number: 931.13.369
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionYellowish browm coloured rib bone carved on both sides.  Obverse or (concave side), decoration arranged in 4  zones.  1. a snakel-ke creature  with head facing up, diamond motifs on body and comma shaped markings along one edge.  2. Frontal bovine mask 3. a profile tiger with shield-shaped motifs  on its body 4. cicada blades. Reverse (convex side) 3 zones. 1.dragon with large head and open jaw.  2. simplified horizontal dragon design. 3.  cicade blades similar to obverse, except for different centre treatment.
Collection:
China
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