A BRONZE 'TIGER HEAD' LINCHPIN
A BRONZE 'TIGER HEAD' LINCHPIN
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A BRONZE 'TIGER HEAD' LINCHPIN

WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH-8TH CENTURY BC

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A BRONZE 'TIGER HEAD' LINCHPIN
WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH-8TH CENTURY BC
Raised on a pierced, D-shaped pin, the hollow-cast tiger head projects from a flat, crescent-shaped back and is pierced on either side below the ears. There is some light green encrustation.
4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978) Collection.

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Compare two Western Zhou bronze linchpins with similar tiger masks illustrated by O. Karlbeck, “Notes on Some Chinese Wheel Axle-Caps”, BMFEA 39, Stockholm, 1967, pl. 2, no. A 5 and pl. 16 C. See, also, the bronze axle cap and linchpin with similar tiger mask, dating to the Middle Western Zhou dynasty, circa 9th century BC, included in the exhibitions, The Glorious Traditions of Chinese Bronzes, Singapore, 2000, no. 32, and Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth, no.32, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2002-6, and later sold at Christie’s New York, The Sze Yuan Tang Archaic Bronzes, 16 September 2010, lot 841.

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