Northern Wei Dynasty Horse


A Magnificent Painted Grey Pottery Figure of a Caparisoned Horse

Outstanding pottery “mingqi” representing a painted pottery model of a caparisoned horse.

Grey earthenware coated with white slip and remains of orange, black, green and red pigment.

Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534),

High 30 cm, Wide 37 cm. Original pigments!

Provenance: very important and old private Dutch collection, Mr. J.A.W V. , Amsterdam

– A Certificate of Authenticity from Becker Antiques (specialist in Chinese pottery since 1969, Amsterdam) will accompany the item.

Well modelled standing foursquare on a rectangular base, the slender curved head with crisply flared nostrils and picked ears. The arched neck painted in red with a scalloped black border to indicate the mane, the trappings including crisply detailed bridle, chest collar applied with fleurette – moulded tufts, and croupier that continues under the tail, the saddle draped with a long-flared cloth carved with fringe, with traces of white, black, red, brown and orange pigment.

Compare very similar N. Wei horse, high 27 cm., sold by Christie’s New York. Other two very similar examples from the Aurelius Parenti collection of Chinese Ceramic Sculpture, sold by Christie’s New York, 3 June, 1988, lot 186 and lot 187 (sold again form Christie’s New York from the Schloss Collection, 21st March, 2000, lot 259.

The results of thermoluminescence tests are consistent with the dating of this object, Northern Wei Dynasty (ca. 1620 years old).

Important information.

It will be professionally packed and safely send in a wooden crate by FedEx.

Buyers are responsible for import regulation and restrictions of their own country

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