Ancient Ming Dynasty Bronze Strap Divider - Longevity
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1492: Item # 481383
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Patrick B.M. van Kooten
British Columbia, Canada
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STOCK #: AC050705-03RS
CULTURE: Ancient Chinese
DATE: c. Ming Dynasty, 1368 A.D. – 1644 A.D.
DIMENSIONS: 0.596" (15.14 mm)
CONDITION: As seen, a nice rich patina with some minor dents, dings, encrustations and light scratches particularly on the reverse. A solid presentable piece.
COMMENTS: This Ancient Ming Dynasty Bronze Strap Divider / Fitting features a gorgeous stylized Chinese character which stands for “Longevity” (or “Long Life”). The patina on the obverse is rich, smooth and consistent with age.
It is clear that this beautiful artifact is decorative in nature, meant as a symbol of long life and was designed for something to pass through it. Though the exact use is as of yet unknown one might speculate as to what it may have been used as. One suggestion is that it is a decorative strap divider / guide worn by a horse. Alternately, this may have been worn by a person as a of “belt buckle” sorts. Finally it is also possible that this was part of a decorative element used in the home or a fitting for a piece of furniture. Regardless of its use in the past this gorgeous specimen of ancient Chinese bronze workmanship would look equally beautiful displayed on its own, as part of a decorative element or worn as a unique decoration.
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