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CHINA, HUGE TANG DYNASTY POTTERY PRANCING HORSE - TL

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Ca. 618 - 907 AD. Chinese Tang Dynasty. An elegant hollow-moulded terracotta horse. This horse is modelled in a standing pose, with one foreleg lifted. The animal’s neck is beautifully arched with its mouth agape as if calling to its fellows. The horse’s mane is modelled in detail and is shown flowing down its neck. The trappings and musculature are equally well rendered. The tail is depicted docked and bound in the traditional fashion. The white slip remains, with additional pigments, such as orange and black and green, used to pick out details of the features, such as floral details on the trappings, the saddle blanket and the muzzle. The horse is placed on a rectangular base. Horses were an important status symbol during the Tang ‘golden age’. They were the rewards of victorious military campaigns which lead to imperial stability and wealth. Indeed, the Tang emperors often described their favourite horses in detail commenting on their colouration, conformation and temperament. This piece has been precisely dated having undergone Thermo Luminescence analysis by Ralf Kotalla, an independent German Laboratory. The samples collected date the piece to the period reflected in its style, whilst also showing no modern trace elements. Its TL certificate with full report will also accompany this lot. Good condition.Size: L:470mm / W:455mm ; 7.55kg; Provenance; Property of a Central London gallery, acquired from an established English collection; formerly acquired in Hong Kong, Hollywood Antique Center in the early 1990s.
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CHINA, HUGE TANG DYNASTY POTTERY PRANCING HORSE - TL

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Lot 0016 Details

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Ca. 618 - 907 AD. Chinese Tang Dynasty. An elegant hollow-moulded terracotta horse. This horse is modelled in a standing pose, with one foreleg lifted. The animal’s neck is beautifully arched with its mouth agape as if calling to its fellows. The horse’s mane is modelled in detail and is shown flowing down its neck. The trappings and musculature are equally well rendered. The tail is depicted docked and bound in the traditional fashion. The white slip remains, with additional pigments, such as orange and black and green, used to pick out details of the features, such as floral details on the trappings, the saddle blanket and the muzzle. The horse is placed on a rectangular base. Horses were an important status symbol during the Tang ‘golden age’. They were the rewards of victorious military campaigns which lead to imperial stability and wealth. Indeed, the Tang emperors often described their favourite horses in detail commenting on their colouration, conformation and temperament. This piece has been precisely dated having undergone Thermo Luminescence analysis by Ralf Kotalla, an independent German Laboratory. The samples collected date the piece to the period reflected in its style, whilst also showing no modern trace elements. Its TL certificate with full report will also accompany this lot. Good condition.Size: L:470mm / W:455mm ; 7.55kg; Provenance; Property of a Central London gallery, acquired from an established English collection; formerly acquired in Hong Kong, Hollywood Antique Center in the early 1990s.

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