Ariadne

Two Belt Plaques
Period: Fourth to second century BC
Culture: Eurasian, Ningxia
Material: Gilt bronze
Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.8 cm
 
Two Belt Plaques
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Each of these plaques shows a wolf-like creature in profile with an eared raptor along its mane and another emerging from between its hind legs. The animal fills the whole frame, which is bordered by a rope design. Patches of texturing on the body at the rump and shoulder indicate the creature's long coat. A similar example has been excavated in Ningxia province, dated to the Warring States period. Although the dimensions and details differ, this perhaps reflects an interpretation of a northern prototype. 

Provenance

Private collection, New York, 1980s.
Pang, Tina, Treasures of the Eurasian Steppes: Animal Art from 800 BC to 200 AD, New York, 1998, no. 113.