Ordos culture, Southern Siberia/Mongolia, 600-200 BC
Length : 9,7 cm
Provenance : Collection Gérard Lévy, Paris
Publication : "KunstKammer"
(M. Doustar, 2017), n°25
The Ordos culture refers to groups of nomadic peoples that inhabited the Southern Mongolian Plateau during the Bronze and early Iron Age from the 6th to 2nd centuries before Christ. They are mainly known from their skeletal remains and artifacts, blade weapons, finals for tent-poles, horse gear, and small plaques and fittings for clothes and horse harness, using animal style decoration with relationships both with the Scythian art of regions much further west, an also Chinese art.
An almost identical bronze plaque as these one, with the typical Scythian iconography of a carnivore devouring the carcass of an animal, is illustrated in A passage through Asia, M. Doustar (2015), n°20. Another example is notably in the collection of the Musée Barbier-Mueller, win Geneva.
Price : 4.700 euros