University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 51-42-1
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Cantonese (uncertain)
Provenience: China
Canton (uncertain)
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Materials:Hornbill Skull
Technique:High Relief
Human Figures
Credit Line:Gift of Henry McIlhenny, 1951


Front section of a hornbill skull. 'Forehead' area carved in high relief. Scene with nine men in Chinese robes standing in front of a Cantonese-style building. Two at front center are confronting each other. One stands with foot up on drum-shaped stool holding the other's beard in hand. Another holds a canopy. Behind them a tenth man, seated, looks out on the scene. Beyond is a landscape with trees and mountains. Scene may represent a Judgement scene, probably from historical drama. Sides and top of skull are red, rest of skull including carved area is natural color. Lower section of beak is separate piece. Skull and beak sections are hollow.

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