Lot 3. A small Ordos openwork gold plaque, 6th-4th century BC, 2.9cm., 1 1/8 in. Estimate 1,500 — 2,000 GBP. Lot sold 14,900 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.

cast in openwork and low relief in the form of a stylised coiled beast, the animal's front and hind quarters with short bent legs tucked underneath its curled body, the head defined by two large eyes and ears, all enclosed by a band of grooves, the reverse hollow and with two small loops for attachment, Weight 7g.; together with a small Ordos gold fitting in the form of a recumbent stag. Quantity: 2. 

Exhibited: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1954-55, cat. nos. 23, 26.

Literature: Gyllensvärd, 1953, pl. 23, pl. 26.

Ulricehamn, 1999, pl. 22, pl. 25. 

Sotheby's. Masterpieces of Chinese Precious Metalwork, Early Gold and Silver; Early Chinese White, Green and Black Wares, London, 14 May 2008