plaque

plaque

100s-0 BCE
Country
China, Mongolia
plaque
bronze
Gift of Dr. Carol and Mr. Henry Goldstein
2018.36
. plaque. 100s-0 BCE. bronze. Gift of Dr. Carol and Mr. Henry Goldstein. 2018.36.
Dimensions
height: 1 in, 2.5400 cm; width: 1 1/2 in, 3.81 cm; depth: 1/8 in, 0.3175 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Belt Plaque
100s-0 BCE
China
Bronze
Gift of Dr. Carol and Mr. Henry Goldstein
2018.36

This kind of plaque is associated with the Xiongnu people, who dominated the Eurasian steppe from the third to first century BCE. The vast territory of the Xiongnu, and the nomadic nature of its inhabitants, promoted cultural exchange. Easily carried from place to place, stylistically similar animal-shaped bronzes like this have been found throughout the region. This one depicts either a grazing ibex or goat. Its exaggerated horn arches back to connect with its shoulder, while its elongated beard drops to its front hoof. The hole in the shoulder and the hole formed by the curved tail likely served as attachment loops to the belt.

Known Provenance
Pre-1997 unknown; Art Treasures Gallery, Hong Kong, 1997; Current Donor. Dr. Carol and Mr. Henry Goldstein.