16 September 2010
TWO UNUSUAL BRONZE CHAMFRONS, DANGLU
WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY (CIRCA 1100-771 BC)
The first cast in the lower section as a horse's nostrils and muzzle, the center section as a taotie, and the upper section as two long ears centered by a diamond-shaped boss, the concave reverse with three straps for attachment; the other unusually cast in the shape of a nose with nostril-shaped lower section and diamond-shaped upper section, with four attachment straps cast on the concave reverse, the smooth, dark olive-green patina with areas of malachite and earth-colored encrustation; together with two small bronze dome-shaped harness fittings, each with an attachment strap spanning the hollow reverse
Chamfrons 5 and 7 1/8 in. (12.7 and 18.1 cm.) long; bosses 7/8 in. (2.3 cm.) diam., box (4)
Acquired in Hong Kong, 1990 and 1987, respectively.
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Ancient Chinese and Ordos Bronzes, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1990, no. 68.
The Glorious Traditions of Chinese Bronzes, Singapore, 2000, nos. 34 and 33, respectively.
Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2002-2006.
Both of these chamfrons would have decorated the harness on the head of a horse.
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