Mingqi - Terracotta - Superb Pottery Female Polo Player Astride A Galloping Pony, with TL test, H-40 cm. - China - Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Mingqi - Terracotta - Superb Pottery Female Polo Player Astride A Galloping Pony, with TL test, H-40 cm. - China - Tang Dynasty (618-907)
Very good condition, see description - 40×33.5×0 cm

Very nice old aged patina. Please refer to the photos.

With a massive iron stand, very secure! The iron stand is a better, nicer and more secure alternative to the plastic stand! Please see photos # 39; 40 and 41.

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Fired in antiquity. Antique and Genuine item.

Outstanding pottery "mingqi" representing a Superb Pottery Female Polo Player Astride A Galloping Pony.

Red earthenware coated with white slip and remains of yellow, pink, dark red, black and red pigment.

Early Tang Dynasty (618-907)
Excellent condition, much of the original pigment remaining.
Height: 40 cm Wide 33.5 cm., (H; 32.5 cm rider only)
Excavated from the tomb in Qianxian, Shaanxi province.

- Provenance: Very important and old private German collection, Mr. W. R. Wiesbaden, collected before 1995.

Rare Female Polo Player, the spirited horse naturalistically and dramatically modelled as in full gallop with all four legs extended and hoofs of the ground. The rider seated firmly in her saddle with feet stretched forward in the stirrups. Her body twisted at the waist to the left and dressed in long yellow tight-fitting costume. With her right arm raised to strike, her softly modelled face detailed in yellow, lilac and red pigment on a white slip beneath the black hair drawn up into a double topknot, much of the original pigment remaining.

This figure is closely related to the well-known group of four female polo players in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, referred to in the Handbook of the Collections, Kansas City, 1959, p. 208; cf. also M. Medley, Tang Pottery and Porcelain, pl. 41, pl. 51; please also compare the polo player exhibited at the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1953-6, Catalogue. pl. 2432, p. 223.

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- The result of the thermoluminescence test is consistent with the dating of the item, Tan dynasty (approx. 1,380 years old). Sampling of 3 different points.

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Catawiki disclaimer: This piece has been dated based on a TL test. No further tests, such as an analysis of pigments or radiography scans, have been conducted to check the integrity of the piece.

Lot details
Tang Dynasty (618-907)
Region/ Country of origin
Title of artwork
Superb Pottery Female Polo Player Astride A Galloping Pony, with TL test, H-40 cm.
Very good condition, see description
40×33.5×0 cm
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