Tang Dynasty Prancing Horse

Tang Dynasty Prancing Horse, the spirited figure shown standing on a rectangular base with right leg raised and head upwards the arched neck, the long mane swept to one side and the divided forelock curved under the pricked ears, the tail docked, and the saddle covered with a long, draped saddle cloth, with traces of brown, red and black pigment.

A Large and Important Painted Pottery Figure of a Prancing Horse

Provenance: Asian private collection

Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Excellent condition, much of the original pigment remaining.

Height 58 cm. Wide 57 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 brown, black and red pigment.

Auction result comparison: For a closely related prancing horse, sharing the near identical facial features see, Christie’s New York, March 2006, lot 382. Please see picture #27.

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

– All items legal to buy/sell under The Netherlands covering cultural patrimony and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

– The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item, Tang dynasty. Sampling in 3 different points

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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