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Lot 0126
**Originally Listed At $500**

East Asia, China, Tang Dynasty, ca. 618 to 907 CE. A mold-formed earthenware horse, finely-modeled and retaining areas of white, black, red, and blue pigment. The horse stands with a muscular body atop veristic legs, with a raised head boasting perky ears and a thick snout, and a small tail on the verso. The lower half of the original rider is still present in the saddle. During the Tang Dynasty, the ancients placed such model figures in tombs to ensure a safe journey to the afterlife. Note how the sculptor skillfully delineated the muscular body of this noble steed. Size: 11" L x 3.4" W x 11.1" H (27.9 cm x 8.6 cm x 28.2 cm).

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 Colorado, USA collection; ex-private North Hills, California, USA collection, acquired at Tomlinson Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand in the mid-1990s

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#136766

Condition

Loss to one leg and repairs to other remaining legs. Losses to one leg, tail, and top half of rider, chips and abrasions to legs, body, and head, with light encrustations, and fading to original pigmentation. Light earthen deposits and nice traces of original pigmentation throughout. Two TL-test drill holes: one beneath front right foot, and one beneath chin.

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