Fine Chinese Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Horse with Oxford TL Test
This fine model of a horse was made during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906). The horse stands alert with its head turned to its left. It is particularly well-modelled and made from a relatively low-fired pale brown pottery that has been "cold painted" with a creamy-white pigment, good traces of which still remain. Down its neck is a wide groove, and in its rear end a purpose-made hole, in which originally would have been real horse hair representing its mane and tail, this now long-since rotted away and lost.
It is a good size with a height of 34 cm (13.5 inches).
As with many of our finer items, 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 pictures, confirming the date of manufacture as "Between 900 and 1500 years ago".
For information: we bought this fine model back in 1999 and have not previously offered it for sale. It is available to view, here at our gallery.
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