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Collection Online as of October 28, 2016

Amulet in the Form of a Seated Figure with Bovine Head, c. 4700-2920 BC

jade (nephrite), Overall: h. 13.20 cm (5 3/16 inches). Gift of Severance A. Millikin 1953.628

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.

1962 Philadelphia: University Museum, Chinese Jade, November 30, 1962-February 3, 1963, no. 150
1994 Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, New Objects/New Insights: Cleveland's Recent Chinese Acquisitions, October 18-December 31, 1994

The Cleveland Museum of Art (06/28/2009 - 08/30/2009): "Streams and Mountains Without End: Asian Art and the Legacy of Sherman E. Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art"

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