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Sculpture of a standing owl, with vertical slot on the back Marble (大理石梟形立雕)

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This standing owl is one of the finest marble pieces found at Anyang. The owl is vividly depicted with a pointy beak, round eyes and thick arched brows and covered with various decorations. On its back a long groove runs from head to tail, and it may have been designed for use as architectural ornamentation. The owl is often represented in Shang art, with examples in bronzes and jades. The decorations on this piece are similar to those found on its bronze counterparts.

Height 34.1、Length 25.2、Diameter 24.8cm,Weight 24.3kg

Fill of looters’ pit, Xibeigang Tomb No. 1001



Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

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