A pair of Ordos gilt bronze plaques
Early Han dynasty, 2nd/1st century BC, North China
漢早期 前2世紀或前1世紀 中國北部
Height: 3.8 cm, 1.5 inches
Width 7.2 cm, 2.8 inches
Each plaque is of rectangular form and finely gilt, inside cast in the from of a Yak, head down kneeling with his front two legs, the back two legs as if striding, pierced through in only a few places. The border with a repeated arrow head engraved design, the reverse with semi oval lugs for fastening.