The taotie is commonly used on the Shang and Zhou dynasty Chinese ritual bronze vessels. The design is usually a Zoomorphic mask, described as front, bilateral symmetry, with a pair of raised eyes and usually no lower jaw area. Some claim the design can be attributed to jade pieces found in Neolithic sites such as (3310 2250 BC) Liangzhu culture.
In ancient Chinese mythology as 'classic of the mountains and seas', the taotie (饕餮) is a 'four creatures evil of the world', Hundun (混沌), Qiongqi (窮奇) and Taowu (梼杌). The other side there are four sacred creatures in Chinese mythology called azure, vermilion bird, white tiger Dragon and black turtle. All four are also sometimes friends and juxtaposed with four benevolent animals that are Qilin (麒麟), dragon (龍), turtle (龜) and Fenghuang (鳳凰).
The taotie motif is a representation stylized and symmetrical imaginary animal, using some of her facial features to the dragon (龙 / 龍, long, or 夔, kui). Other aspects apparent Tiger, or even beef or sheep. The animal is described as a fierce, horned creature and Googly-Eyed under thick eyebrows, including the jaw is adorned with sharp fangs (lower jaw is missing). The term of tao tie is sometimes made by 'grip' known him also for his greed.
It can be seen in two ways:
like two dragons kui face, nose against snout, seen in profile. They have then a leg and tail to draw a scroll.
either as a mask with Googly eyes, jaw, fangs, horns...
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