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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 522

    A STRAW-GLAZED POTTERY FIGURE OF A FOREIGN MERCHANT

    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)

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    A STRAW-GLAZED POTTERY FIGURE OF A FOREIGN MERCHANT
    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
    The bearded Semitic merchant modeled as if walking, his body bent over from the weight of the pack strapped over his back, his right hand holding one strap while the other holds a ewer, wearing a peaked hat, belted tunic and tall boots, covered with a straw glaze of yellow tone
    9 in. (22.8 cm.) high, stand


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    Compare the two very similar Tang figures of Semitic merchants, but unglazed and shown wearing tall peaked caps, included in the exhibition, Foreigners in Ancient Chinese Art, China Institute in America, New York, 1969, pl. 12, and later sold in these rooms, 21 March 2000, lot 268.

    Provenance

    John Sparks, Ltd, London.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF NEIL AND SHARON PHILLIPS