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Lot 30. An unusual Ordos silver harness fitting, 6th-4th century BC; 5.4cm., 2 1/8 in. Weight 23g. Estimate 1,200 — 2,000 GBP. Lot sold 6,875 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2008

rendered in the form of the stylised head of a feline, the slanting eyes mirroring long pointed ears, a cloud spiral issuring from its mouth, a square four-sided loop at the back for attachment.

Exhibited: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1954-55, cat. no.86.

Literature

Gyllensvärd, Stockholm, 1953, pl. 86.

Ulricehamn, 1999, pl. 89.

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