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Casting Model for Belt Plaque

2nd–1st century B.C.
North China
L. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
A primary beast-of-burden on the Silk Route, the camel plays a surprisingly minor role in the visual arts of Central Asia and China prior to the sixth century A.D. It seems likely that this plaque served as a model for the making of molds which in turn were sued to cast belt plaques or other adornments for people, horses, and chariots, favored by the Xiongnu and other Central Asian inhabitants.
[ Laiyuan & Company , until 1918; sold to MMA]
Washington, DC. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Early Chinese and Nomadic Bronzes," November 19, 1995–December 15, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.

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