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. Animals were a frequent depiction due to the nomadic nature of the Ordos civilisation.
Ordos Bronze Plaque of a Galloping Antelope
A finely cast bronze Ordos belt plaque, modelled in the stylised shape of a galloping antelope. It has an elongated body contour which leads to squat legs, bent at the knees as though mid-flight. The antelope has an elegant, long neck featuring a naturalistic curve, which connects to a head crowned with prominent horns. Linear incisions add further embellishment. There are two hollowed, globular modelings on its body, suggesting precious stone or metal inlays might have been embedded inside. The reverse of the plaque is hollowed with two large protruding lugs, designed for attachment onto a piece of fabric or leather.
Condition: Very fine condition, covered with attractive turquoise-green patina