Ordos Bronze Plaque of a Lion

£ 450.00

A finely cast Ordos bronze pendent plaque depicting a stylised lion. The animal is presented in a standing stance, with its stretched limbs evenly spaced to balance its body weight. Its head is slightly lowered, echoing its arched, raised tail. Its facial features are clearly cast, including an almond-shaped eye, a circular nostril and a gaping mouth, in which its teeth are meticulously sculpted. Two loops are internally cast on top of its nose and below its tail, suggesting it might have been strung with fabric.

Date: Circa 6th - 2nd Century BC
Condition: Very fine condition, covered with attractive green patina.

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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.

Weight 84.0 g
Dimensions L 9.2 x H 5.7 cm



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