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Period Tang Dynasty Terra Cotta Horse and Rider

US$8,750

About

To begin with, while this figure is believed to be of the period and has been examined by a number of dealers and specialists in Chinese antiquities, it has not been Oxford TL tested. This straw glazed or more accurately stated terracotta painted figure of a horse and rider comes from the Tang dynasty in China which spanned from 618 to 906 Ad. This work most likely made after 755 when the Lushan Rebellion began shows characteristics of the long-standing Chinese tradition of burial with representative attendants and the associated belief that these figures would be stand-ins for the required assistance and lifestyle of the deceased in the afterlife. These figures would be prepared to fulfill the duties and needs required by the deceased and would contribute to the dead person's continued happy existence on the heavenly plane. They could and often did include large numbers of figures of Generals, warriors, full-court processions, scholars, courtesans, musicians, dancers, common attendants as well as domestic livestock and horses for riding along with Bactrian camels a very important trade associated animal, buildings and structures for domestic and business life, well water and agricultural or temple compounds. This figure is well molded and shows the rider in full court attire, hair made up and dressed in robes. The horse is fully saddled and harnessed and both the animal and the rider's faces are well-shaped and have great visual expression. Once completely colorfully painted now traces of reds and blue pigments remain in areas with the largest amount of paint remaining being a white which extends over the entire surface to be a ground for the additional colors. The aforementioned rebellion caused disruption in and around the Henan and Hobei kilns which created a certain change in the decoration of these types of figures as via imperial edict and bureaucracy the glazing in Sancai colors and the high degree of artistic natural liveliness in molding was restricted to high officials and the imperial court and even here restrictions were placed regarding the number and extravagant quantities of tomb figures. The tradition of Tomb figures after the fall of the Tang continued well into the Ming era but to a lesser degree of style and personal extravagance. These types of figures are called Mingqui in Chinese culture and this figure is like so many designed to be seen with other figures creating a rich visual impression. This figure has been owned and in the same family collection for more than 50 years. The horse and rider are mentioned in a newspaper article forming a piece on deluxe items available in Toledo Ohio as Christmas gifts in the late 1970s as it was a part of the Families shops inventory, also the item comes with documentation of Christie's auction house with an estimation of sale circa 2004. The horse has it has had a least some repair in the past to one leg which in these items is not uncommon and is often expected. This was done by a professional Chinese antiquities dealer and restoration specialist E & J Frankel then located at 25 east 77th street Manhattan prior to the year 2000. the measurements given are for the figure itself.. the base is 2.5 tall, 6 long and four deep. there is a lucite case in which the figure is displayed as shown in the last photo. this piece will have to be professionally packed at the purchasers expense

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.5 in. (36.83 cm)Width: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Depth: 6 in. (15.24 cm)
  • Style
    Tang (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    755
  • Condition
    Repaired: see description. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Seller Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU811324852432

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  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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