16 March 2017
A BRONZE BUCKLE WITH CHAIN AND A BRONZE BELT ORNAMENT
NORTHEAST AND NORTHWEST CHINA, 6TH-4TH CENTURY BC
The buckle is cast in openwork as two intertwined serpents with linked chains suspended from their mouths, with a small hook at one end and a button on the reverse. The belt ornament is cast as two intersecting animal-headed serpents joined at mid-section by a boss, with a small loop on the reverse.
2 5/8 and 2 in. (6.7 and 5.1 cm.) wide
Dr. Ping Yiu Tam Collection, Hong Kong.
J. J. Lally & Co., New York, 1993.
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, by 1995.
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J. F. So and E. C. Bunker, Traders and Raiders on China's Northern Frontier, Washington D.C., Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1995, pp. 162 (ornament) and 171-172 (buckle with chain), nos. 85 (ornament) and 98 (buckle with chain).
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