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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

ProvenanceSotheby’s London, 12 December 1989, lot 114.
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida.

LiteratureJ. 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