The nomadic Ordos civilisation and culture occupied the region. of modern Mongolia and China, from the 6th century Bc until the 2nd century AD. 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 civilisation is primarily known for its craftsmanship in working metals and bronzes. Bronzes such as belt plaques, horse gets 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 Recumbent Stag
A finely cast Ordos bronze belt plaque, modelled in naturalistic shape of a recumbent stag. It features a smoothly curved body and muscular neck, presenting a stylised form. Its legs are presented tucked under the body, with hooves joined together. It has a curved, prominent horn with incised decorations, echoing the wings protruding from its back. Its facial features are clearly executed and include an almond-shaped eye, a grooved mouth and pointed ears. A highly decorative piece with unusual features.
Condition: Very fine condition, covered with attractive turquoise-green patina