Fired in antiquity. Original, good and genuine piece.
Very good condition. With all original colors!!! Please refer to the photos..
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Early Tang Dynasty (618-907)
Excellent condition, much of the original pigment remaining.
Height 30 cm. Wide 33 cm.
Excavated from the tomb in Qianxian, Shaanxi province.
Outstanding and monumental pottery "mingqi" representing a painted grey pottery model of a prancing horse.
Grey earthenware coated with white slip and remains of orange, black and red pigment.
Well-modeled standing with raised foreleg on a rectangular plinth, with its head lowered, the powerful arched neck with the mane swept to one side, with extensive remains of polychrome decoration.
This is an exceptional prancing horse, unusual in the complementary fashion the position of the horse head and ears. The horse is standing on a rectangular plinth, and in the same time neighing (extremely rare). Every line of the horse emphasises its dramatic neigh- the neck stretched high and forward. The small, lean-featured head, the thick neck and the belly are typical Tang renderings of an Arabian. Also worthy of note is that the widely separated ears, both twisting backward (only few Tang horses were made like this and could be found in the present market), reveal its spirit.
With its dynamic pose, the horse conveys a lively sense of energy. The long elegant mane and prancing position represent one of a highly desirable and rare group of trained dancing horses that were much in demand by the Imperial household and its guests.
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- The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item, Tan dynasty (ca. 1350 years old). Sampling in 3 different points - Back horse, Belly horse, Chin horse.
Dutch private collection. Mr. P. van der B. Amsterdam
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- Tang Dynasty (618-907)
- Painted Buff Pottery Figure of a Prancing Horse, TL test
- Very good condition, see description
- 30×33×15 cm