Amulet in the Form of a Seated Figure with Bovine Head

牛首玉人

c. 4700–2920 BCE
Overall: 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.)
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CMA daringly acquired this masterpiece without knowing exactly what it was. Only after Chinese archaeologists started excavating similar jades in Northeast China could it be attributed to the Hongshan culture.

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.
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 BCE

Northeast China, Neolithic period, probably Hongshan culture (4700–2920 BCE)

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