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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
Shang: Anyang
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.

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

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