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Western Zhou Dynasty Bronze Bridle Pieces

Western Zhou Dynasty Bronze Bridle Pieces


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1023729
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This is a pair of ancient Chinese bronze cheek pieces from a horse harness. They are strikingly similar to ones excavated in Fufeng County, Shaanxi Province, and currently on display at the Shaanxi Provincial Zhouyan Museum. Cheek pieces such as these are generally attributed to the Western Zhou Dynasty (1100-771 BC). The pieces are decorated with simple linear decorations. The circular holes in the center are where the now-missing mouthpiece would have been attached. (see “Imperial China The Art of the Horse in Chinese History”, Harmony House Publishers, 2000, p.88) Both pieces were cast with two semicircular attachment loops on the reverse. One of those loops on Cheek piece 1 is now missing. There are some obvious losses to the metal on both pieces that appear as amorphous perforations visible in the above photos. There are three such perforations in Cheek piece 1 and one in Cheek piece 2. Additional photos/information available on request.