Ceremonial axe (yue) with human face.
12th-1st c BCE Chinese Shang: Anyang Metalwork
SHANG DYNASTY Anonymous
(1527 BCE - 1027 BCE)
c. 1199 BCE-100 BCE
12th-1st c BCE
Junxian. Henan. China.
Berlin (Dahlem). Ethnologisches Museum.
The face is much clearer on this bronze ax, which was probably not used in battle, but rather was intended as a funerary offering. Here the death symbolism of the earth monster mask, the glutton, is more obvious.