Not Roman, Phoenician, Stratified or Warring States
They have an identity of their own
|Very unique beads with eyes or masks carving|
Perhaps they should be called LIANGZHU face beads because they bear strong resemblance to the eye and mask motifs carved on Liangzhu jade congs, plaques, and pendants which are well documented in books and museums. The Liangzhu Culture was a late Neolithic culture which existed from 3300-2250BC and the culture excelled in jade especially the large congs, plaques etc.
|Strong resemblance to Liangzhu eye and mask motifs|
|God-like or bird-like ?|
|spiral shaped incisions carved around the eyes|
perfect frontal view and symmetry (of these masks) define a fixed visual center which demands the viewer's concentration. The art historian Upensky has contended that such a frontal image embodies an " internal observer" who is "looking out" from an imaginary world. The same logic can be described from the viewers point : in viewing the mask he finds himself in direct confrontation with a "mirror image", which however distorts realty.
Rather cheem, this observation, but still somewhat apt :-))
I am not saying my beads are the real McCoy yet I am kind of fascinated by their enigmatic expression.
|Like La Belle, these eyes hath thee in thrall !|