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    Sale 2808

    European Furniture, Clocks, Sculpture and Works of Art

    15 - 16 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 6

    A massive Chinese Sichuan painted grey pottery figure of a horse

    HAN DYNASTY (206 BC- 220 AD)

    Price Realised  

    A massive Chinese Sichuan painted grey pottery figure of a horse
    Han Dynasty (206 BC- 220 AD)
    Powerfully modelled in a pose of alert attention, its strong neck and head poised with open mouth and flaring nostrils, the legs supporting a muscular body, the upturned tail ending in a knob, the head and back incised with lines respresenting the halter, bridle and saddle, some restoration
    110 cm. high


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    Large horses of this type have been found in a number of tombs within the Han empire. Among the most famous are those from the graves of the well-known Han dynasty minister Zhou Bo and his son excavated at Yangjiawan, Xianyang, Shaanxi province; see Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Quest for Eternity, Thames and Hudson, 1987, Catalogue, nos.11-15. The well-sculpted head, flaring nostrils and upwardly-curling top lip are characteristic of these Han horses, typified by the large bronze horse excavated at Hejiashan, Jinyang, Sichuan province and recorded in Wenwu, 1991, no.3, p.9, pl.iii.

    The result of the Oxford Authentication Ltd thermoluminiscence test, no. 766u25, is consistent with the dating of this lot.

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