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 Civilisation Belt Buckle in the Shape of a Horse
A fine Ordos civilisation cast bronze belt plaque, modelled in the shape of a horse, with its legs folded underneath its body. The animal’s facial and anatomical features are here emphasised by incised lines. Further decoration includes incised concentric circles to the horse’s body. A beautiful olive-green patination covers the surface.
Provenance: From an important Russian collection, 1980’s.
Condition: Fine with dark brown patina to the surface.