Draft catalogue entry (no. 116) for S2012.9.305 for the catalogue of the Singer collection (1970--1990); by Louisa Fitzgerald Huber
Animal head Plaque
Shang 商 dynasty, 13th--11th century BCE
Height 4 cm (1 9/16 in)
The thin, flat piece of translucent, grayish-blue stone is designed as an animal head, the features of which are described in double incised lines slightly beveled on each side to produce a relief effect. Above the large eyes are a pair of horns, which curve inward toward a freestanding, upright spur decorated with chevrons. The nostrils, lowermost, are shown as a pair of squarish shapes; the lines issuing from either side of them indicate the upper jaw. A small hole perforates the plaque between the nostrils. A comparable plaque was uncovered from a late Anyang 安陽 site at Xiaotun 小屯. 
 Zhongguo kexueyuan kaogu yanjiusuo Anyang fajuedui 中國科學院考古研究所安陽發掘隊, "1975 nian Anyang Yinxu de xin faxian 1975年安陽殷墟的新發現," Kaogu 考古 1976.4, p. 269, fig. 11: 5, pl. 8: 11.