Lot 141

A CHINESE BRONZE BRIDLE FITTING  Western Han, 3rd – 2nd Century B.C. In the form of a domed cap with a frontal crouching bear, with traces of gilt surviving, the reverse with two vertical loops, 1.7cm diameter, Literature: For similar examples see: Emma C. Bunker with James C.Y. Watt and Zhixin Sun, ‘Nomadic Art of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes. The Eugene V. Thaw and Other New York Collections’, New York 2002, no. 18-20, pp. 53-4. A further example is in the Sackler collection, see Emma C. Bunker, ‘Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes’, New York 1997, no. 228, p. 263; Also Debra Noel Adams, Emma C. Bunker, Trudy Kawami, Robert Morkot, Dalia Tawil, ‘When Orpheus Sang’ (Paris, 2004) pp. 90-91, nos. 90-92. Provenance: Private collection UK

Estimate: £200-£300