Chinese Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Zodiac Figure - Goat
This pottery figure was made during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906). It takes a human form, other than the head which is of the zodiac animal represented, in this case the goat. The figure stands upright with hands clasped together against its chest under a flowing robe. It is made from a reddish pottery that has been cold-painted in a base coat of white on top of which are traces of orange and black pigments.
Height 26 cm (10.5 inches). Overall condition is very good: some surface wear, no obvious sign of repair. It is available to be viewed at our gallery, here in Brighton.
For information: of course much has been written about the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. Here is a brief summary of the significance of the goat: Birth years: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015. Personality traits: easy going, empathetic, creative, cheerful, disorganised, impulsive.
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