Pole ornament with two owl heads
|Findspot||Royal Tomb No. 1001 Hsi-pei-kang, Yin-xu Site|
|Geographic Location||Hou-Chia-Chuang village, Anyang, Honan province, China|
|Dimension||H.18.9 cm; L.21.4 cm|
This artifact is a sculpture of owl heads. The overall shape of the piece is diamond shaped with a hole going through the middle. Both the front and back sides of the artifact are decorated with a symmetric trapezoidal owl face. The owl faces are rendered in low relief with engraved patterns. On each of the owl faces sits an incurved beak and engraved “臣” character shaped eyes. The whole piece has a weathered surface. Tool marks indicative of rotary cutting where identified in the hole through the center. The artifact was possibly an ornamentation piece on a wooden pole or an architectural structure. An identical piece R005056 is found within the same tomb.