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A gold plaque in the shape of a lion.
XB11260
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This gold predator lion-shaped ornament is beautifully made by using a piece of pressed gold foil.

History of the Object
Animal-shaped ornaments were commonly used by the ethnic people who lived in the Northern prairie. Animal-shaped plaques were decorated in styles of wildlife as well as pastoral animals. We know them in the shapes of a tiger, lion, deer, wolf, sheep and cattle which all roamed the Northern prairie.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Gold 
Measurements
Width 10.2 cm. Length 20.7 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 5th century ~ BCE 3rd century 
Creation date
BCE; 5th Century BCE - 3rd Century BCE; Warring States Period (475 BCE-221 BCE) 
Function
Clothing ornament 
Acquisition
Unearthed from tomb No. 30 in the Alagou area of Xinjiang in 1977. 
Copyright
The proprietary right of the masterpiece belongs to the Xinjiang Museum of China. No individual or group can copy without permission. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Xinjiang museum 
Museum
Museum of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region 
Credit line
Storage dep. 

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