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 Plaque of a Recumbent Young Bull
A finely cast Ordos bronze belt plaque depicting a naturalistically rendered recumbent bull. It features an elongated torso, curved at the edges to depict the three dimensionality of the animal. The large head of the bull turns backwards, the gaze of it’s almond-shaped eyes drawn downwards. Further details have been added to the large, pointed ears in the form of small incised lines. The muscular legs are tucked under its body, with hooves joined together, recumbent in nature. The pose and anatomical features are characteristic of Ordos artistic representation, which drew on Scythian influences. The reverse of the plaque is hollowed with a large protruding lug, designed for attachment onto a piece of fabric or leather.
Condition: Very fine condition, covered with attractive turquoise-green patina