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Belt Plaque
Period: Second to first century BC
Culture: Eurasian, Western Inner Mongolia/southern Siberia
Material: Gilt bronze
Dimensions: 10.9 cm L x 5.3 cm H
 
Belt Plaque
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This plaque depicts two confronted Bactrian camels feeding on ears of wheat. Between the two creatures is a representation of twisted vines. The reverse has two u-shaped loops for attachment, and textile impressions from its manufacture. Two similar examples are in the Tokyo National Museum collection. 

Provenance

Private collection, New York, 1980s.
T. Pang, Treasures of the Eurasian Steppes: Animal Art from 800 BC to 200 AD, New York, 1998, no. 139.