Chinese Ming Dynasty Glazed Pottery Zodiac Figure with Oxford TL Test
This pottery figure of a man with a snake, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, was made during the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368 – 1644). It is made from a relatively highly-fired cream-coloured pottery. It has been coated in green, straw and yellow glazes and there are also faint traces of red and black “cold painted” pigments.
Height 17 cm (6.5 inches). There is some expected surface wear and “calcified” burial deposits on the surface in places. The glaze has acquired a silvery iridescence, a result of exposure to moisture during its long burial. However, overall condition is very good and there is no sign of restoration or repair.
This figure has been 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 figure is shown; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 400 and 700 years ago".
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