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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2016.203
Title
Appliqué in the Shape of a Stag
Classification
Jewelry
Work Type
jewelry
Date
600-400 BCE
Period
Zhou dynasty, Eastern Zhou period, 770-256 BCE
Culture
East Asian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/352486
Physical Descriptions
Medium
leaded bronze
Technique
Cast
Dimensions
1.9 x 2.4 cm (3/4 x 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
2016.203
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Small, flat appliqué in the shape of a stag with its legs folded under the body. The animal is simplified and essentially reduced to its silhouette. There is no attachment loop at the back, but the piece could easily have been sewn onto a garment by making use of the openings below antler and belly. Stags with folded legs and prominent antlers were a popular motif across the Eurasian steppes. Small bronze garment plaques with similar stag imagery have been found in northeastern China, a mountainous region where deer would have been a common sight.

Dark grayish patina.

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