Rare Chinese Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Horse & Rider with Oxford TL Test
This very rare 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. It has been "cold painted" in various coloured pigments, good traces of which remain.
Height 28.5 cm (11.25 inches). There are signs of a stabilised crack to the lower part on one side of the horse's head. Although other repairs should not be ruled out, none are obvious; a fine model in fine condition.
As with many of our finer and rarer items, we have had this item 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".
Please also see our almost identical example, stock number M7424, clearly from the same excavation.
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