Standing Owl

Accession No. R001610
Period Shang Dynasty
Material Stone
Findspot Royal Tomb No. 1001 Hsi-pei-kang, Yin Xu site
Geographic Location Hou-Chia-Chuang village, Anyang, Honan province, China
Dimension H. 17.1 cm; W. 10.6 cm; D. 9.1 cm


Period: Chinese Bronze Age. Shang dynasty.(1400-1100B.C.)
Medium: Marble

Vividly depicted and finely crafted, this standing owl is one of the masterpieces of marble sculpture unearthed at Anyang. It is covered with intricate patterns from head to tail, including dragons on the sides of its head, symmetrical bird patterns on its chest, and insect patterns on its back. Incised patterns adorn the front of its talons, with dragon patterns on the sides.