18 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 27,500
Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000
A RARE PAIR OF BRONZE MASK-FORM HORSE FITTINGS
WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100-771 BC
Made to be worn between the ears of a horse, each cast as a monster mask (taotie) with large nose, curved jaws, and bulbous eyes flanked by small ears and set below striated brows and horns with upswept tips, the reverse concave, with mottled green patina and encrustation
9½ in. (24 cm.) wide, stands (2)
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