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. 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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