18 September 2003
A LARGE SANCAI-GLAZED POTTERY FIGURE OF A LOKAPALA
Tang dynasty (618-907)
Standing on a recumbent ox in a threatening position with left hand raised and right hand on his hip, his face modelled with fierce expression below a phoenix helmet, all in green, chestnut and straw glaze
34¾in. (88.4cm.) high
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For a slightly smaller figure in similar pose see Christie's, New York, 2 December 1993, lot 230. See, also, a figure in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated by M. Medley, The Chinese Potter, New York, 1976, p. 82, fig. 53.
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