Lot 821. An unusual bronze harness fitting with jingle, Northwest China, 5th-4th century BC. Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,0000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017
The upper section of the flat-backed fitting is a rounded openwork jingle enclosing a loose ball that is formed by five rams, their muzzles joined at the center, on the reverse are four attachment loops, the lower section is a trefoil flange pierced with scrolls. The front of the ornament is tinned. 3 ¼ in. (8.2 cm.) long
Provenance: Sotheby’s London, 12 December 1989, lot 114.
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida.
Literature: J. F. So and E. C. Bunker, Traders and Raiders on China's Northern Frontier, Washington D.C., Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1995, p. 131, no. 49.
Christie's. The Harris Collection: Important Early Chinese Art, 16 March 2017, New York, Rockefeller Center