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Clothing Plaque with Antelope and Tiger

Period:
Period of Tibetan Empire
Date:
7th–9th century
Culture:
China (Xinjiang Autonomous Region, Central Asia)
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); W. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.24.2
  • Description

    The nomadic communities of Central Asia used such plaques to embellish clothing and horse trappings. As these nomadic cultures herded animals and were constantly moving, their artistic production was expressed in portable objects that marked the wearer’s status and wealth. The outstanding preservation of these fragile ornaments suggests they were used in conjunction with burials, where the body was aggrandized with valuable textiles and augmented with gold. Although it is difficult to date and place these objects geographically, their presence in Central Asia and has a long, established history.

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