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East Asia, China, Tang Dynasty, ca. 618 to 907 CE. Large and very rare style of Tang pottery horse with accompanying TL report confirming the age. Made of molded clay and highlighted in added pigments of gray, pink, white and black. The horse is extremely animated with head turned slightly to his left, mouth open as if to say - "hey, don't mess with me!" His right foreleg is raised, a further sign that this horse is not to be messed with. Outside of a few examples of Sancai glazed horses, this is by far the most dramatic and exceptional example we have seen! Size: 24.75" L x 23.75" H (62.9 cm x 60.3 cm)

Who can say enough about the influence of the horse throughout the history of China! The horse played a significant role in the unification of the Chinese Empire, as this animal enabled the ancients to communicate to parties near and far due to the great speed of these noble steeds. The horse also assisted the military to conquer distant lands and grow the empire. As the desire for stronger, faster breeds grew, the ancients imported horses from Central Asia, leading to the creation of the famous Silk Road.

This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.

Provenance: private Texas collection, acquired late 1970's, Sotheby Parke Bernet New York, June 10 & 11, 1977, The Content of Mountain Crest: the Collection of Mrs. Loyce Mayfield at Birmingham, Alabama, lot 30.

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Repaired from perhaps 20 pieces and according to the consignor, "knocked down the stairs by one of my grandchildren in the 1990s and has been repaired." Still all there and quite attractive!

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Chinese Tang Dyn Pottery Horse w/ TL, ex-Sotheby's

Estimate $8,000 - $12,000Oct 11, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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