An interest in real animals in naturalistic settings characterizes the designs found on belt ornaments made for the Xiongnu, a powerful confederacy that controlled much of eastern Central Asia in the third and second century B.C. On this plaque, two ibexes with their bodies in profile and their heads shown frontally stand to either side of a third figure. The animals inhabit a wooded setting. The foreleg of each flanking ibex is raised and hooked over a branch of tree trunk. The remains of a curved hook on the right side of the plaque indicate that it would have been paired with a matching piece to form a complete belt buckle.
George D. Pratt , New York and Glen Cove, NY (until 1928)
Coral Gables. Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami. "The Art of the Oriental Bronze Metallurgist: China, Korea, Japan, 1500 B.C.–A.D. 1912," January 19, 1978–February 26, 1978.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.