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Most Rare Painted Gray Pottery Ox

Northern Wei Dynasty ( 386-534)
Long 24 cm., high 18,5 cm.
The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.
Provenance: Dutch private collection Geert A. W. Amsterdam. Director Ligne & Partners B.V. Architecten.

Most Rare Painted Gray Pottery Ox. Well modelled with head raised facing forward. His long tongue reaching into one of the nostrils. The ears projecting below the curved horns. The ox with large circular bosses on the scored harness and straps of the rump trappings hung with ovoid tasselled medallions. Traces of the original white slip.

This figure is similar to an ox included in the exhibition, Animals and Animal Designs in Chinese Art, Eskenazi, New York, 24 March – 4 April 1998, no. 14, dated to Northern Qi Dynasty. For an ox excavated in Wangguo Village, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, in 1981, see Son of Heaven, Chinese Overseas Archaeological Exhibition, Beijing, Catalogue, p. 190, pl. 123.


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