c. 1250–1046 BCE
Overall: 24.5 x 20 cm (9 5/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1962.281
Animal images in ritual bronzes served as symbolic messengers of the supernatural realms. Among others, the animal mask called taotie emerged as the most potent symbolic form. The formidable mask emanates a powerful presence with an unforgettable stare. It expresses an overwhelming feeling of mystery, representing a transcendent, supernatural concept in ancient ritual art.
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