Very Rare Chinese Warring States Pottery Horse with Oxford TL Test
This very rare and unusual pottery horse was made during the Warring States period (475 - 221 BC). It is "heavily-potted" and fairly coarsely-made, with clear marks of the original shaping tool on its surface. It is unusually highly-fired, having an almost "metallic" ring when tapped. The horse stands alert on its rather thin legs, with mouth open and ears pricked up. There is pigment on the surface, but this is minimal, being limited to the mouth and teeth and the mane. Chinese pottery models of horses made before the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) are extremely rare.
Height 32 cm (12.5 inches), length 30 cm (12 inches). There is an area of mineral deposits to one side, clearly a result of long burial. There is no obvious sign of repair although possible repair to the vulnerable legs should not be ruled out.
As with many of our rarer and unusual 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 mages, confirming the date of manufacture as "Between 1700 and 2600 years ago".
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