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Chariot fitting in the shape of a tiger’s head


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Horse-drawn chariots were a formidable weapon on ancient China’s battlefields; a country’s military strength was often measured by the sheer number of its chariots. A commander’s vehicle would have been distinguished by its richly embellished fittings. This naturalistically modeled tiger head finial is ornamented with silver inlays that accentuate the animal’s sharp teeth, whiskers, and eyebrows.

Chariot fitting in the shape of a tiger’s head, Bronze inlaid with silver, China

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