Rare Bactrian Camel


Rare Bactrian Camel

A Rare Gray Pottery Bactrian Camel

Tang Dynasty
High 23 cm; long 46 cm.
P R O V E N A N C E: Property of Distinguished Private Collection
The result of thermoluminescence test is consistent wit the dating of this item.

Rare Bactrian Camel, the camel well modelled in a kneeling position with long legs tucked under the body. With head raised in a bray and kinked tail swished to one side. The tufts of hair on his head. Neck and body simply indicated with combed incising and stippling. Two large bags slung over the large saddle cloth fitted over the two humps. Traces of pigment and earth encrustation.

A number of related examples of large camels in process of rising exist. See Wenwu, 1992:9, p. 67, fig. 6 for a slightly larger example excavated from Xi’an in 1988. Compare also the two camels and riders in Indianapolis Museum of Art illustrated by Mino  and Robinson, Beauty and Tranquillity: The Eli Lilly Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Indianapolis, 1983, pl. 59 and 60. And the pair in Klapthor, Chinese Ceramics from the Collection of The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 19993, no. 7. However, the present example is rather more unusual in the details of the saddle bags and cloth.

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Rare Bactrian Camel