Carved-wood Snake with Two Human Heads

Yangzhou Museum

Yangzhou Museum
Yangzhou, China

Excavated in the Five-dynasty Tomb of State Yangwu in Caizhuang village, Hanjiang district of Yangzhou city in 1975, this loop-shaped snake sculpture with human heads on its two ends shows traces of influence by the artistic style of the preceding Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) with its simple but expressive blade-work as well as vivid modeling. Erecting on a wood-board base, this wood sculpture looks distinctive with the two back-to-back human heads, clad in hoods, showing a calm expression with eyes closed. Both deep and shallow carving techniques were applied to this piece.


  • Title: Carved-wood Snake with Two Human Heads
  • Provenance: Yangzhou Museum
  • Physical Size: Overall height: 23.8 cm
  • Dynasty: Five Dynasties (897 - 979)

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