Ritual wine vessel, or jiao, with taotie masks and thunder-scroll patternOn display
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Ritual wine vessel, or jiao, with taotie masks and thunder-scroll pattern
Material and technique
Dimensions19 x 15.5 x 12 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Presented by Sir Herbert Ingram, 1956.
Museum locationGround floor | Gallery 10 | China to AD 800
Glossary of terms
Stylized monster mask decoration with prominent eyes and scrolling horns. The motif has been known since the 1100s. Its significance remains mysterious.
Loveday, Helen, Chinese Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum: An Illustrated Handbook to the Collections (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1990), pp. 19 & 22, illus. p. 17 pl. 3