The nomadic Ordos civilization and culture occupied the region of modern Mongolia and China, from the 6th century BC until the 2nd century BC. Although being in direct contact with the Chinese Han Dynasty, the Ordos culture was more influenced by the Scythian peoples of the Steppes. The Ordos civilization is primarily known for its craftsmanship in working metals and bronzes. Bronzes such as belt plaques, horse gears and weapons were decorated and modelled inspired by the natural and animal world. Scenes of animals in combat are linked with the ancient Near Eastern art traditions.
Ordos Bronze Belt Plaque of a Standing Quadruped
A finely cast Ordos bronze belt plaque modelled in the abstract shape of a standing quadruped. The animal is depicted lowering its head, mouth open. The bent neck echoes the downward motion of its tail which swirls into a loop at the end. Repoussé figural representations and geometric patterns are embossed on the surface, adding another decorative element. A smaller, young animal can be seen lying underneath the protective stance of its mother. The reverse features two large lugs.
Condition: Very fine condition, covered with attractive turquoise-green patina. Some encrustation to the bottom left frame.