16 March 2017
A BRONZE ‘WOLF’ PLAQUE
NORTHWEST CHINA, 4TH CENTURY BC
The plaque is cast as a wolf holding down an ibex with the left forepaw while another small animal struggles beneath the right rear paw. The tip of the tail is in the shape of a raptor head. There are two square loops on the reverse, and some traces of tinning on the front.
3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm.) wide
Dr. Ping Yiu Tam Collection, Hong Kong.
J. J. Lally & Co., New York, 1993.
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida.
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Compare the very similar plaque, also from the Therese and Erwin Harris Collection, illustrated by J. F. So and E. C. Bunker in Traders and Raiders on China’s Northern Frontier, Washington D.C., Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1995, p. 133, no. 51.
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