16 March 2017
TWO BRONZE HARNESS ORNAMENTS
WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY (CIRCA 1046-771 BC)
The first is a heavily cast stylized taotie mask, the eyes set diagonally on either side of the nose below coiled horns and striated hair markings. A horizontal bar spans the concave reverse. The second is a harness cheek piece of curved shape with a central circular aperture that is cast as a stylized dragon with ribbed body and backward-turned head with striated hair above and a long crest that sweeps back to form the D-shaped loop. There are three tubular attachment loops on the reverse, and there is heavy malachite encrustation all over.
2 1/8 in. (5.3 cm.) high and 3 ¾ in. (9.5 cm.) wide, boxes
The Collection of Edgar and Hedwig Worch, Paris; Christie’s New York, 2 June 1994, lot 44 (part).
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida.
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