Pair of Plaques with Profile Animal Heads

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Western Zhou dynasty ( 1046–771 BC ), 10th/8th century B.C.

Artist:

China

About this artwork

This metal plaque is one of a pair that was beaten together to form mirror images of an animal head in profile with gaping mouth and curved fang. Similarly curved and perforated examples, which have been excavated from the burials of horses and chariots, suggest that these plaques originally formed the cheek pieces for a horse's bridle. Alternatively, they may have been sewn onto leather to form defensive armor for the chest or back of a soldier.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 131

Title

Pair of Plaques with Profile Animal Heads

Origin

China

Date

1027 BC–221 BC

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

30.2 × 22.4 × 0.2 cm (11 7/8 × 8 13/16 × 1/6 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1931.3a-b

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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