Ordos Bronze Rectangular Cast Plaque

£ 450.00

A fine Ordos bronze rectangular plaque, cast in the openwork technique. A central zoomorphic figure is presented in an abstract manner, the stylised horns on his head possibly alluding to the depiction of a stag. The animal is bordered by numerous hollowed loops and circles, creating an intricate pattern. The plain reverse features four loop attachments at each corner, suggesting the plaque was attached to fabric.

Date: Circa 6th - 2nd century BC
Condition: Very fine condition, covered with attractive turquoise-green patina. Some encrustation consistent with age.

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SKU: AH-1078 Category: Tags: ,

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 91.3 g
Dimensions L 11.7 x H 4.6 cm



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