Northern Heibei Province, Northeast China, 600-500 BC
Length : 8,8 cm
Provenance : Sheldon and Barbara Breitbart, New York
Exhibition : Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
Publication : "KunstKammer"
(M. Doustar, 2017) n°22
The Ordos culture refers to groups of nomandic peoples that inhabited the Southern Mongolia Plateau during the Bronze and early Iron Age from the 6th to 2nd centuries before Christ . They are mainly know 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 relationship both with the Scythian art of regions much further west, and also Chinese art.
An identical pectoral as the one from the Breitbart collection depicting a crouching leopard, is in the collection of Levy and Shelby White, illustrated in Traiders and Raiders on China's Northern Frontier, E. Bunker & J.So (1955), page 112 n°27.
Price : 2.500 €