Chinese Tang Dynasty White Pottery Saddled Horse with Oxford TL Test (AD 618 - 906)
This pottery model of a horse was made during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906). It is relatively highly-fired and made from a creamy-white pottery, as opposed to the more "common" red pottery. The horse stands with its mouth open and head turned to its left. Note also the detail of the saddle and blanket on its back. It has been "cold painted" in black and white pigments, traces of which can still be seen. It stands on an integral base that is a little convex in shape.
Height 30 cm. Some degree of restoration or repair should realistically be expected for such ancient pottery items; close examination does reveal that the head has been re-stuck at the neck. Other repairs are possible but none are obvious. This is a very nice example and can be inspected at our gallery.
We have had this model tested by Oxford Authentications, the only testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that will accompany this item is shown with our images; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 900 and 1500 years ago".
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