AN UNUSUAL SMALL BRONZE HUMAN MASK-FORM HARNESS ORNAMENT
AN UNUSUAL SMALL BRONZE HUMAN MASK-FORM HARNESS ORNAMENT
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AN UNUSUAL SMALL BRONZE HUMAN MASK-FORM HARNESS ORNAMENT

LATE SHANG-EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC

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AN UNUSUAL SMALL BRONZE HUMAN MASK-FORM HARNESS ORNAMENT
LATE SHANG-EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC
The ornament is cast as a human face with wide mouth, broad nose and almond-shaped eyes flanked by projecting ears below swept-back hair. A bar spans the concave back. There is some malachite and lapis encrustation.
1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) high
Provenance
C.T. Loo & Company, New York, 12 June 1946.
Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978) Collection.

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Lot Essay

Similar facial features can be seen on the human head-form finial of a bronze linchpin dating to the Western Zhou dynasty in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 28 - Bronze Articles for Daily Use, Hong Kong, 2006, p. 12, no. 9.

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