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Fine Large Ancient Chinese Painted Pottery Horse, Tang Dynasty, 618 CE- 907 CE
China, a fine ancient handmade and hand painted pottery horse, terracotta, measuring 45cm, 18 inches high and 45cm, 18 inches length and 20cm, 8 inches width, Tang dynasty (618 CE- 907 CE). A large beautiful example. The vigorous and powerful steed standing four square and with pricked ears, delineated mane, well defined saddle and sweeping saddle ornament, eyes, nose, cropped tail, open jaw with a smooth backside and legs restored and exhibiting varying degrees of remnant vermilion and white poly chrome. A Thermoluminescence test (TL test) certificate No. 20K300316 which accompanies this horse authenticates its genuine age from China's Tang dynasty. (photo) Provenance: Old New York Collection acquired in the 1990s History: History indicates that the first domesticated horses originated in the Eurasion steppes about 4000 BCE and were known in China some one thousand years later. China’s ancient appetite for horses caused Han emperor Wudi to dispatch Zhang Qian to the Central Asian Kingdom of Ferghana (Persia) to seek larger and more powerful horses than the conventional Mongolian pony. It was approximately at this time that Zhang described them as heavenly horses (tianma) and Devine horses (shenma) thereby causing Wudi to dispatch General Li Guangli to secure a supply of these increasingly valuable assets. In opening up the silk road, east-west trading began in earnest, and silk was offered for horses! By the Tang dynasty, large parts of Central Asia had been conquered, trading flourished, and exotic goods procurement including horse supply was ensured. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity: All of our Asian works of art come with our Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee. Our gallery based in Shelburne, Vermont USA has been dealing in authentic Japanese, Chinese, and fine Asian art, garden ornaments, lanterns and water basins for 25 years. Our president personally travels to China, Japan and Europe each year to meet his network partners who assist him in finding best examples. He personally inspects each antique work of art to ensure its old age, authenticity and quality condition.
- Of the PeriodTang
- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacture15th Century and Earlier
- Materials and TechniquesPaintedTerracotta
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsH 18 in. x W 20 in. x D 6.5 in.H 45.72 cm x W 50.8 cm x D 16.51 cm
- Seller LocationShelburne, VT
- Reference NumberLU1289212889132
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