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With Taotie design around an aperture and with scroll work along the edge
Shang Dynasty – Circa 1500 -1028 B.C
Size: 16 cm high, 7.5 cm wide – 6¼ ins high, 3 ins wide
Ex Private collection
The Chinese ancestral cult was not based solely on the veneration of the soul of the deceased. It was also concerned with the individual soul's well being so that the deceased had to be properly equipped for life in another world and the task of supplying these material requirements fell to the descendants who would provide both grave gifts and subsequent sacrifices so that the deceased could continue to live as he or she had on earth.
The ancestors cult was entirely dependant on procreation. If a person had no descendants the continued existence of his soul would be endangered. Thus it was considered worse to have no descendants than to neglect the performance of ancestral sacrifices.
|Height||16.00 cm||(6.30 inches)|
|Width||7.50 cm||(2.95 inches)|