A GILT-BRONZE TWO-PART OPENWORK BELT BUCKLE
NORTHERN CHINA, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC
The belt buckle is formed by two rectangular plaques, the two cast in mirror image in openwork with an ox standing within an outer imitation rope border. One plaque has a small ring projecting from the side, and both have two loops projecting from the back.
2¼ and 2 3/8 in. (5.9 and 6.2 cm.) wide
Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1994.
By descent from the Reach Family Collection.
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A similar two-part belt buckle is illustrated by E.C. Bunker, Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1997, p. 257, no. 218.
Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art part I