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An Ancient South Siberian or North West Chinese Cast Openwork Bronze Belt Plaque Depicting Two Confronted Wild Yaks in the Hsiung-Nu Style.

2nd - 1st Century B.C.

Size: 5cm high, 11cm wide - 2 ins high, 4½ ins wide.

Provenance: Ex Hans Peter collection London.
Ex Private UK collection acquired Eskenazi Ltd, June, 2003.

cf: Metropolitan Museum, New York has a very similar plaque depicting ‘Confronted Bovines’ in the Eugene Victor Thaw Collection, catalogued as Southern Siberian, no. 113 pg. 139.

These bronze plaques were made by a lost wax process probably formed in a two piece mould, and several versions of this example have been found throughout North China, Mongolia and Southern Siberia. In fact wherever the Nomadic tribal confederation of the Xiongnu expanded their rule from the 3rd to the 1st century B.C in the eastern Eurasian Steppe. The Xiongnu or Hsiung-Nu tribes occupied the Ordos region within the great northwood loop of the Yellow River during the 2nd Century B.C and introduced into Chinese territory this variety of the Steppe nomad’s art, known as ‘animal style’.

Dimensions

5cm high, 11cm wide

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Stock number

27/34
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