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Ceremonial axe (yue) with human face.
12th-1st c BCE Chinese Shang: Anyang Metalwork

SHANG DYNASTY Anonymous (1527 BCE - 1027 BCE) Primary
c. 1199 BCE-100 BCE
12th-1st c BCE
Bronze
Cast
Shang: Anyang
Weapon
Junxian. Henan. China.
Berlin (Dahlem). Ethnologisches Museum.
Transform32.Chi00003
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.

Caption: SHANG Anonymous | Ceremonial axe (yue) with human face. | c. 1199 BCE-100 BCE | Chinese | Shang: Anyang | ┬ęKathleen Cohen | bere5131
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