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Mask from a Horse Bridle

A work made of bronze.
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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Western Zhou dynasty ( 1046–771 BC ), about 9th century BC

Artist:

China

About this artwork

This sheet of hammered bronze was attached to cloth or leather as part of an elaborate bridle. The mask was placed on the horse’s forehead, between the ears. Similar plaques have been excavated from the trappings of horses and chariots that were buried in trenches adjacent to aristocratic tombs in present-day Xi’an, the site of the Western Zhou capital.

Status

On View, Gallery 131

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Mask from a Horse Bridle

Origin

China

Date

899 BCE–800 BCE

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

26.5 × 27.5 × 0.3 cm (10 3/8 × 10 3/4 × 3/32 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1930.365

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