Archaic Bronze Taotie Fitting Mounted in 22K

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Archaic Bronze Taotie Fitting Mounted in 22K

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This is an archaic bronze horse or bridle ornament dating from the late Shang Dynasty (1600-1050 BCE) to early Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BCE). Horses during this time were often used to pull chariots and were the principal war...Read more

This is an archaic bronze horse or bridle ornament dating from the late Shang Dynasty (1600-1050 BCE) to early Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BCE). Horses during this time were often used to pull chariots and were the principal war weapon of the Shang elite. The fitting would have been placed on a horses bridle either on the brow or chest, and would have served as a talisman to ward off evil spirits from the owner.

A bronze bridle ornament with traces of red lacquer framed in a substantial border of solid 22k gold. The reverse, a horizontal bar for attachment. Signed bail.

Measurements: 45 x 46 x 14.5 mm deep without bail, 55 mm with the bail

Weight: 57.5 grams

Markings: 22K, French owl import mark, maker’s mark, numbered “33”