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A Rare 8th-9th-century Tang Dynasty Chinese Pottery Horse Inc: Tl Authentication

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Brief Description:
This is a rare, superb and unrestored original Tang Dynasty Chinese Painted Pottery Horse dating from the 8th-9th-century AD (circa 618-907).
The museum quality piece has just arrived back from one of the world's leading scientific Archaeological Laboratories for TL (Thermoluminescence) Testing, whereby it was deemed/graded to be a genuine and unrestored piece dating from the 8th-9th-century Chinese Tang Dynasty Period (618-907 AD).
The original certificate of authenticity from Oxfordshire Authentication LTD will accompany this piece.
Of a truly magnificent sculptured form, the horse is of a stunning patination and it retains the original paint and pigmentation colours.
The piece is in a rare, outstanding original condition and, apart from a miniscule chip to the very tip of one ear, it is as perfect an example as you would ever wish to find.
Indeed, it is truly a sight to see and behold, and it is an incredible surviving artefact that is between 1116 and 1405 years old!
Bio: Tang Dynasty Pottery Horse
Tang horses were made in China as tomb accessories for the comfort and use of the deceased in the afterlife. They were a symbol of status, and are usually found in the tombs of the rich and powerful, as well as the imperial family.
The terracotta horse tradition started in the Qin dynasty (210 B.C.) when a new rule abolished the necessity of burying their favourite steeds (or wives) in the tombs with the deceased. From that time on, all kinds of pottery objects and artefacts were made to adorn and suffice the necessities of the dead and buried. Among these objects, the potters made all kinds of figures, from tomb attendants to aristocratic ladies (the famous “Fat Ladies”), farm animals, vessels, soldiers, etc, but without any doubt, the ones that have gathered all the fame are the Tang Horses.
Horses were, at the moment, a representation of strength, speed and endurance and that is why the potters were captivated by them and hence the effort and pride they put into making the best models. The best Tang horses are very well animated, with strong faces, the mouth open and powerful musculature.
Tang Dynasty Pottery Horse
Circa: 618-907 AD
Provenance: Includes the original certificate of Authenticity (TL Testing)
A near-perfect, completely original and unrestored Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Horse dating from the 8th-9th-century AD (618-907).
Retaining the original paint and pigmentation, with merely a minuscule chip on one ear - see images.
Framed Measurements:
Height: 12'' | 35.5 cm
Width: 14.2'' | 36 cm
Depth: 4'' | 10.1 cm
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as Before 1700.


Height = 35.5 cm (14.0")
Width = 36 cm (14.2")
Depth = 10.1 cm (4.0")

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