Rare Chinese Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Horse & Rider
This very rare and unusual pottery model of a horse & rider was made during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906). The body of the horse, complete with the rider, has been made in a two-piece mould. the join running along the horse's neck and back and the sides of the rider. Note the detail of the rider, his clothing and his hands. Note also the sturdy legs of the horse and the way the tail joins the cut-out base to give extra strength to the model. I has been "cold painted" in various coloured pigments, good traces of which remain. In places on both the inner and outer surfaces are the marks left by ancient root/plant growths during its long burial.
Height 28 cm (11 inches). There is no sign of restoration or repair; a fine model in fine condition.
Please also see our almost identical example, stock number M7425. Both of these items have clearly come from the same excavation. We have had M7425 tested by Oxford Authentications, the only testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and for information we show the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report for that item. Please note that this particular item, M7424 has not been tested, although that can be arranged for an additional fee.
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