Rare Chinese Yuan Dynasty Painted Pottery Monkey - Zodiac Animal
This rare and very unusual pottery model of a rat, one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, was made during the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368). It is "heavily-potted" and made from a dark grey pottery. The details have been individually sculpted and the surface "cold painted" in white pigment with very faint traces of red in places.. Although we have indeed in the past seen similar examples, this is an unusually large and detailed example.
Length 15 cm (6 inches). Please study the detailed photos carefully: overall condition is good although there are chips in places and the offering being held has been broken and re-stuck.
For information: we recently purchased this, together with several other similar zodiac animals, from a private US collection, these apparently having been bought in the 1990s.
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