16 March 2017
AN UNUSUAL BRONZE HARNESS FITTING WITH JINGLE
NORTHWEST CHINA, 5TH-4TH CENTURY BC
The upper section of the flat-backed fitting is a rounded openwork jingle enclosing a loose ball that is formed by five rams, their muzzles joined at the center, on the reverse are four attachment loops, the lower section is a trefoil flange pierced with scrolls. The front of the ornament is tinned.
3 ¼ in. (8.2 cm.) long
Sotheby’s London, 12 December 1989, lot 114.
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida.
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