Museum of the Origins of Man
THE DESIGN T'AO T'IEH IN THE POST-PALEOLITHIC CONTAINERS OF BRONZE
Fig. F54) Ritual jar in bronze for wine with decoration of phantastic animals.
From a typological point of view, this jar should be placed in three-dimensional art, but we do an exception because the "manner" of representation and decoration is the t'ao t'ieh, where the horns of the ox become the body of the dragon, while the foot of the dragon becomes a bird, etc.
Substantially prevails the drawing.
The deformation of the animal figure is typical of the style (beauty) of the Chinese art.
Early age of the bronze. Shang dynasty.
Approximately 3100 years ago.
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