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Chariot fitting

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Chariot fitting

Date

Western Zhou dynasty (about 1050-771 BC)

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H: 21 cm.

Reference

CVCSC 0320.A

Collection

Chinese

Status

On Display

Bronze used for chariots was not just for ornamentation: the relative strength of bronze was also an advantage. This fitting was part of the axle assembly of a chariot, where it served to protect the axle from damage. Nonetheless, it is richly decorated with a taotie (animal) mask and a pair of stylised dragons cast around the sides.

Chariot fitting Western Zhou dynasty (about 1050-771 BC) © Compton Verney