Rare Large Chinese Han Dynasty Pottery Dog with Oxford TL Test
This pottery model of a dog was made some 2,000 years ago, during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) and has been excavated from Sichuan province. It is made from a relatively high-fired grey pottery. All such pottery dogs from Sichuan tend to wear a harness and this is no exception. However, whereas most other examples can look rather fierce with their mouths open showing their teeth, this example appears more "friendly" with its nicely-modelled face and head. Note also its long curly tail!
It is a good size with a length of 31.5 cm (12.5 inches) and height 26 cm (10.25 inches). There is some surface wear as should, of course, reasonably be expected, and in places there are "calcified" burial deposits on the surface. Overall an exceptional example of its type in very good condition.
As with many of our finer items, we have had this pottery dog 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 1500 and 2400 years ago".
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