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Wine server with Human Head and Serpent Body.
11th c BCE Chinese Shang Metalwork

SHANG DYNASTY Anonymous (1527 BCE - 1027 BCE) Primary
1200 BCE-1100 BCE
11th c BCE
Bronze
Cast
Shang
Vessel
Yangtze River China.
Washington D.C. National Gallery of Art.
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In a state of ecstasy, the shaman believeed himself to be in the spirit world, often transformed into his totemic animal. This Shang bronze wine vessel, representing a creature with a human head and serpent body, may in fact represent the shaman transforming himself into a serpent.

Caption: SHANG | Wine server with human head & serpent body | Shang | Chinese
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