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Amulet in the Form of a Seated Figure with Bovine Head

Amulet in the Form of a Seated Figure with Bovine Head

c. 4700-2920 BC

Jade (nephrite)

Overall: 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.)

Gift of Severance A. Millikin 1953.628

Description

With a bovine head and four horns, this seated figurine was a powerful ritual and shamanic symbol. Drill holes above its shoulders form two interconnected perforations for suspension, suggesting that the jade was originally used as a pendant, presumably by the shaman performing the tasks of journeying to and communicating with the supernatural realms.

See also
Collection: 
China - Neolithic
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Jade

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