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A bronze taotie mask early western zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century bc
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Über das Objekt

Cast with bulging eyes, flanked by pointed leaf-shaped ears, beneath upcurved bovine horns with hollow tips, the wide upper jaw defined by an out-curved snout and a pair of hooked fangs, with dark green surface patina and widely scattered reddish cuprite encrustation\nThe function of bronze taotie masks of this type has been discussed by several scholars. Max Loehr proposes that objects of this kind were part of the ritual equipment of a shaman wearing a mask at performances. However, recent scholarship suggests that this type of taotie mask was used as a decorative frontlet mounted on the forehead of a chariot horse possibly to demonstrate the magical power of the rider.\n\nThe present mask is unusual in its casting technique. In order to render hollow space on two tips of the horns, the tips were cast separately from the main part of the mask, which entailed the skillful use of multiple clay piece moulds.\n\nAn almost identical bronze taotie mask in the collection of the Honolulu Academy of Arts is illustrated in Ancient Chinese Bronzes, Ceramics and Jade in the Collection of the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, 1979, p. 95, no. 36; a bronze taotie mask of this type with scale-covered horns excavated in 2011 from an Western Zhou tomb site in Suizhou city, Hubei province, is discussed and illustrated in the ‘Hubei Suizhou Yejiashan M65 fajue jianbao’ (Preliminary excavation report of the tomb no. 65 at Yejiashan), Jianghan Kaogu, 2011, 3, p. 30, pl. 22.
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condition

There is a small crack on the left horn. A hole on the tip of the left horn where strap goes through has been broken. There are several casting lines on the back of the mask and the horns. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

dimensions

Width 9 in., 22.9 cm

exhibition

Ancient Chinese Bronzes, J.J. Lally & Co., New York, Spring 2011, cat. no. 11.

provenance

Private Collection, Geneva, since the 1950s. J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 2011.


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