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Large Chinese Northern Wei Six-Legged Glazed Mythical Creature TL Test

Large Chinese Northern Wei Six-Legged Glazed Mythical Creature TL Test


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Large Chinese Northern Wei Six-Legged Glazed Mythical Creature with Oxford TL Test

This extremely rare pottery model was made during the early Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534). It is a mythical creature, its body covered in scales and with six legs. The creature stands with its head down and mouth open, showing a full set of teeth. Its purpose would have been to ward off evil spirits.

It is made from a relatively high-fired pottery and coated in an amber-coloured glaze. Most likely due to uneven firing conditions, towards the head of the creature the glaze has fired darker than on the rest of the body.

This is a large item with a length of 42 cm (16,5 inches), height 30 cm (12 inches). The thickness of the glaze varies in places and the edges are a little rough (interestingly, to the rear edge there are traces of the potter's fingerprints). There may be minor repairs, but overall condition is very good.

This piece 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 item is shown; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 1000 and 1,600 years ago". 

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