• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2405

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1010

    A RARE LARGE BRONZE MASK-FORM HORSE FITTING

    WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100-771 BC

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE LARGE BRONZE MASK-FORM HORSE FITTING
    WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100-771 BC
    Probably attached to armor on the side of a horse's head, cast as the head of a ferocious beast shown in profile, the reverse concave, with dark grey patina and green encrustation
    10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm.) across


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    A pair of very similar profile animal masks is illustrated by H.F.E. Visser, Asiatic Art, New York/Amsterdam, 1948, p. 159, pl. 39, no. 46.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1977.