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Western Zhou Bronze Horse Armor Frontlets

Western Zhou Bronze Horse Armor Frontlets


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1023731
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This is a pair of bronze frontlets used to protect the front of a horse’s head in battle. Positioned on the horse and oriented as shown, the lower square portion would be over the horse’s nostrils while the upper crescent shapes would be between the horse’s eyes. These pieces are almost identical to ones excavated at the Zhuyuangou site in Baoji City, Shaanxi Province and currently on display at the Shaanxi Baoji Municipal Museum. The metal in both pieces appears stable but the smaller frontlet has two areas of metal loss that have left small holes (see photos). Both pieces have three attachment points on the reverse as well as what appear to be reinforcing ridges. On the reverse of both pieces is an archaic Chinese character. The character on the larger piece is “wan”, meaning the number 10,000, but the same character was used to name a small kingdom in the Zhou dynasty that existed for roughly 80 years. The character on the smaller piece is not decipherable at the time of this writing. Additional photos/information available on request.