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Lot 0310
**Originally Listed At $800**

Central Asia, Ordos Culture, modern day Mongolia / China, ca. 500 to 100 BCE. A charming cast bronze attachment in the form of a crouched bull, fully gilded on its decorated side. The back is undecorated and has attained a brilliant turquoise patina with two small loops for attachment. The bull itself has a huge, muscular body, decorated with incised, curved lines. His face is turned towards the viewer, his eyes emphasized, with thick, twin curved horns rising from above his head. The power and virility of the animal is emphasized, as is the wealth of his owner, who has been able to breed such a magnificent animal. Size: 3" W x 1.95" H (7.6 cm x 5 cm)

The Ordos people were equestrian nomads who lived in the grassy, high steppes environment of the Ordos Plateau. Although today this area is a desert, when the Ordos people lived there, it was lush, and cross-cut with many rivers. The Ordos culture is an interesting mix of Central Asian and Chinese, possibly the furthest east group of Scythians. They are famous for their beautiful bronzes, which have been found in graves both for the Ordos and, later, for the Chinese.

Provenance: private Millburn, New Jersey, USA collection

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Encrustations and patina on surface, with very nice remaining gilt as shown.

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Chinese Ordos Gilded Bronze Attachment - Bull

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Jul 30, 2018