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Cow-head finial

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Artist Unknown (China)

Date

12th century BCE

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G214
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Metalwork | Bronze
Size: 6 3/8 in. (16.19 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: Shang dynasty, 12th century BCE
Physical Description: The bovine head of this example has high, spreading horns and the forehead lozenge of a t'ao-t'ieh. Directly below is a band of rising blades with spiral filling. The terminal border of the pole top also has a spiral decro. PatinaGreen.
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.100
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Added to Site: February 28, 2009