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.