China, Inner Mongolia, Ordos, 5th -3rd century BC. The plaque cast with a sheep and a lamb, the top set with a loop for attachment.
Condition: Good, original condition, remarkable considering the age of this plaque! Some wear, minuscule nicks and naturally grown patina.
Provenance: Grays antiques, London 1999. Dr. Koos de Jong, acquired from the above. Dr. de Jong is a Dutch art historian and has been privately collecting Chinese art over decades. He has authored hundreds of articles and several books on Dutch fine and decorative arts spanning from the Middle Ages to the modern era. In 2013, he published an extensive study of Chinese riding gear in “Dragon & Horse, Saddle Rugs and Other Horse Tack from China and Beyond”. Between 1976 and 2009 he worked for numerous museums across the Netherlands and was the director of the European Ceramic Work Center in Den Bosch.
Weight: 12 g
Dimensions: Length 3 cm
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