Lot 1225. A bronze harness fitting, Western Zhou dynasty (circa 1100-771 BC); 2¼ in. (5.6 cm.) long. Estimate 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 9,375. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013
The hollow rectangular fitting is of trapezoidal cross-section with apertures at both ends and a rectangular loop at the end for attachment. The top is cast with a large recumbent bovine with head raised and legs tucked under its body. The bronze surface has a greenish-grey patina, stand.
Provenance: Sotheby's London, 30 March 1978, lot 47.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Furniture, Archaic Bronzes and Works of Art, New York, 21 - 22 March 2013