Chinese Bronze Bull Headed Linchpin

15310. Chinese Bronze Bull Headed Linchpin

Late Shang/ Early Western Zhou, 1200 to 1000 BC

A cast bronze pin in the form of a protruding bull’s head against a flat backing; below is a rectangular shape tang for insertion. Expressive face. This linchpin once secured a wheel to a chariot’s axle. Size: 4-1/4 inches (10.8cm) Height + custom base. Nice patina. Ex DC based international businessman. Ex Coll BT Washington DC, descended from prominent NY family.

In China, the bull is widely used beast of burden and plays a central role in the traditional narratives.


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