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Ladle with taotie mask pattern

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  • taotie

    Stylized monster mask decoration with prominent eyes and scrolling horns. The motif has been known since the 1100s. Its significance remains mysterious.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The piece is composed of several fragments of different date. The lugs and socket at the back would have been part of a harness, chariot or other fitting.

    The piece has a barrel-shaped bowl with vertical ribbing and a long flat handle with a horned animal mask (taotie) near the top, with ears sticking out as small flanges, another near the bowl, and two stylized dragon motifs and three raised bosses in between. The reverse is undecorated, but fitted with two lugs and has a circular socket for insertion of another material.

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