Tiger amulet, 13th-12th century BCE

Unknown artist, expand_more

Carved animal boneexpand_more

Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsburyexpand_more  50.46.300.2

Not on Viewexpand_more

The two tiger amulets, bird hairpin and finial decorated with a composite serpent human motif although exceptionally rare, are products of a major Shang dynasty industry: bone carving. The stylized animals and conventional motifs found on bronze vessels are also encountered in carved bone suggesting similar emblematic purposes. All of these items were likely personal adornments rather than ceremonial objects.

Tiger amulet
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