Gilded Phalera, Ordos
Ordos, Northwestern China, 300-200 BC
Diameter : 11 cm
Provenance : Rupert Wace, London
The phalera is a circular adornment used on the harnessing of horses. This large and remarkable example is of a rare type, decorated with a ram head in its center and an attachment hook on the back. In 1923, the legendary dealer C.T. Loo offered a comparable phalera decorated with a reclining bear to the Musée Cernuschi in Paris.