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A Rare Chinese Warring States Dynasty Pottery Animal

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A Rare Chinese Warring States Dynasty Pottery Animal
This interesting and rare unglazed pottery animal is believed to date to the Chinese Warring States period.(see footnote**). It is hand molded in the shape of a somewhat splay footed animal standing on all four legs. It is impossible to tell whether it was made to represent a real animal such as a bear – or is a mythical representation of some creature. The piece measures 7 ¼” long – stands 4 1/8” high – and is 2 ½” wide. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. It could easily be a modern sculptor’s work in its simplicity.

** The Warring States Period (also known as the Era of Warring States, covers the period from about 475 BC to the unification of China under the Qin Dynasty in 221 BC. The Warring States Period was an era when regional warlords annexed smaller states around them and consolidated their power. The process began in the Spring and Autumn Period, and by the 3rd century BC, seven major states had emerged as the dominant powers in China.

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