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AN UNUSUAL SANCAI-GLAZED POTTERY FIGURE OF A RECUMBENT CAMEL

TANG DYNASTY

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AN UNUSUAL SANCAI-GLAZED POTTERY FIGURE OF A RECUMBENT CAMEL
Tang Dynasty
Shown with head raised on the long arched neck and legs modeled as if folded under the hollow body, with a bulging pack set atop short pack boards and oval blankets with molded borders spanning the breadth of the full body, the straw-glazed body splashed in amber and green glazes to emphasize the details of the head and trappings
12½in. (31.7cm.) long

Lot Essay

Although figures of recumbent camels are found in unglazed pottery, it is rare to find one in glazed pottery. One with a rider, its head raised and its back covered with a saddle cloth is illustrated in Zhongguo Taoci Quanji; Tang Sancai (The Great Treasury of Chinese Ceramics; Tang Three-color Ceramics), vol. 7, Shanghai, 1983, pl. 34.
Most recumbent camels are in unglazed pottery and of an earlier date, such as the gray pottery camel fully laden with cargo set atop pack boards, of Six Dynasties date, illustrated in The Mount Trust Collection of Chinese Art, London, 1970, no. 22

The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C97c64 is consistent with the dating of this lot
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