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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2016.201
Title
Openwork Plaque: Felines and Prey
Classification
Plaques
Work Type
plaque
Date
600-400 BCE
Period
Zhou dynasty, Eastern Zhou period, 770-256 BCE
Culture
East Asian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/352484
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Leaded bronze
Technique
Cast
Dimensions
1.1 x 5 cm (7/16 x 1 15/16 in.)
Provenance
William D. Vogel (H’30), Milwaukee, WI (by 1930-1980), inherited; by Virginia Booth Vogel, Milwaukee, WI (1980-1998), by descent; to Frederick Vogel III, Milwaukee, WI (1998-2016), gift; to The Harvard Art Museums.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Frederick Vogel III in memory of his father, William D. Vogel, H’30
Accession Year
2016
Object Number
2016.201
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Rectangular openwork attachment plaque with two felines, perhaps panthers, stylized in S-shape and coiled up around their prey, a deer or fawn, of which only the head is visible, facing down between the feline's head and back. The two groups are arranged back to back, with one feline upside down. The back of the plaque is concave, with no means of attachment; presumably, the plaque was affixed to a surface, such as a belt or a garment, with the help of the holes in the openwork relief. Plaques of this type have been associated with the non-Chinese Shanrong, who lived in the region now encompassed by the northern Hebei and western Liaoning provinces in northeastern China.

Thin brown patina on front, grayish green on back.

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