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Two pairs of harness cheek pieces

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Two pairs of harness cheek pieces

Date

Zhou dynasty (about 1100-256 BC)

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H: 12.7 cm.

Reference

CVCSC 0392.1.1-2.A & 0392.2.2.1-2.A

Collection

Chinese

Status

On Display

Chariots would have been pulled by two horses during the Shang dynasty (about 1500-1050 BC) but, by the time of the Eastern Zhou dynasty’s Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC), four horses were often used in order to increase a chariot’s speed in combat. These pieces are likely to have been used on the bridle helping to hold the bit in the horse’s mouth.

Two pairs of harness cheek pieces Zhou dynasty (about 1100-256 BC) © Compton Verney

Two pairs of harness cheek pieces Zhou dynasty (about 1100-256 BC) © Compton Verney

© Compton Verney