Harness Ornament with Two Ibexes
199 BCE - 0
2 13/16 x 3 5/8 x 3/8 in. (7.1 x 9.2 x 1 cm)
Chinese; made in the Ordos region
Medium and Support:
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Location: Currently on view
This gold-covered plaque, made in the Ordos region of Inner Mongolia, shows two ibexes, or wild mountain goats, face to face, their curved horns arching over their backs. Fleet and nimble, the ibex was a favorite subject for artists in many ancient and medieval cultures; tradition holds that an ibex leaping from a mountain would land unharmed on its double scimitar-like horns. The owner of this intricate plaque would have sewn it on clothing or a horse harness as a display of personal wealth and status.
-- from Art at the Crossroads brochure
[Possibly David David-Weill (1871-1952), Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, sold at Hotel Drouot, Paris, June 28-29, 1972;] East-West Shop, Victor, NY (dealer); purchased from them by the Gallery in 1973
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Article Scope: Reproduction only.
Susan Dodge Peters, ed.
Memorial Art Gallery: An Introduction to the Collection.
New York, New York: Memorial Art Gallery in association with Hudson Hills Press, 1988.
Article Title: Spotlight Series.
Article Scope: Article and reproduction.
Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester, New York: Memorial Art Gallery, 1935-1995.
Volume Number: 39,
Issue Number: 6.
Issue Date: February 1974.
Democrat and Chronicle.
Rochester, NY: Rochester Print Co.
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