Pair of Horse Head Plaques
Third to First century BC
10.5 x 5 cm
Description These two plaques are stylized depictions of the two sides of a horse's head. They were cast to produce a relief surface defining the puffiness of the animal's cheeks, the protrusion of the eyes as well as the hollows of the ears and nostrils. A petal-shaped motif is repeated on the depiction of the eyes, ears, and nostrils of the horse, revealing some Xiongnu influence. These plaques may have been used to decorate horse fittings.
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