University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:49-14-10
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Period: Shang Dynasty
Date Made: Shang Dynasty
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1100
Credit Line:Bequest of Julia Morgan through brother Hugh Morgan, 1949


Black ware. The owl-head cover fits over the neck of the jar. Head, feathers, etc. deeply carved. 1 foot damaged. The owl seems to have been the totem of the Shang rulers. It was severely rejected by the succeeding (Zhou) Dynasty which considered it an emblem of evil-- as it has been ever since. It is a familiar form for ritual bronzes of the Shang.

You may also be interested in these objects:

See a problem? Let us know

© Penn Museum 2018 Sitemap | Contact | Copyright | Disclaimer | Privacy |