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Animal-mask Yüeh with Turquoise Inlay

Tags: bronzes | National Palace Museum | Shang dynasty


Late Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC)
Length: 20 cm, blade width: 13.5 cm 
The interior of this yüeh is exquisitely inlaid with turquoise, representing the nobility of its original owner. As a ceremonial object, it was not actually used as a weapon in battle.

Text: Yu Kuo-ching

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