Belt buckle with walking tiger

North China

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The artist of this buckle sought to maximize the ferocious aspect of the tiger by showing its fierce face frontally while displaying its lithe body, massive paws, and sharp claws in profile. The vivid distillations are a salient feature of the art created by the nomadic peoples who roamed the Eurasian steppes. Such images had a powerful impact on the art of late Zhou and Han China.

Belt buckle with walking tiger, Bronze, North China

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