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Mask from a Horse Bridle

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


Western Zhou dynasty ( 1046–771 BC ), about 9th century BC



About this artwork

This sheet of hammered bronze was attached to cloth or leather as part of an elaborate bridle. The mask was placed on the horse’s forehead, between the ears. Similar plaques have been excavated from the trappings of horses and chariots that were buried in trenches adjacent to aristocratic tombs in present-day Xi’an, the site of the Western Zhou capital.


On View, Gallery 131


Arts of Asia


Mask from a Horse Bridle


China (Artist's nationality:)

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899 BCE–800 BCE




26.5 × 27.5 × 0.3 cm (10 3/8 × 10 3/4 × 3/32 in.)

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Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

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