Eye Shape Bronze Objects

Late Shang Dynasty, 1100 B.C. - The Western Zhou Dynasty, 771 B.C.

Jinsha Site Museum

Jinsha Site Museum
Chengdu, China

It looks like bird in shape. The middle part of the object is slightly wider than the two sides. The left part is bent like hook shape, and the right part is uprising. Besides, its pupil, corner of eye, and the surroundings drown in painting. The eye-shape objects found in Jinsha are of several styles. One of them looks like rhombus, with the eyeballs painted or perforated to express. According to legend, the ancestor god of Shu people was Zhulong (Candle Dragon), whose eyes controlled light and dark of the world; the Shu ancestor Cancong had vertical eyes; in the ancient Chinese character for Shu, the upper part symbolizing the eyes has a prominent position.


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