18 September 2003
A PAINTED GREY POTTERY MYTHICAL ANIMAL STAND
Late Han dynasty/Three Kingdoms period, 3rd century
Hollow-modelled as a recumbent beast curved around a central socket, the raised head with blunt snout and a single knobbed horn, with wings extending back from the shoulders, extensive white slip remaining
9¼in. (23.5c.) long
Blanchette H. Rockefeller Collection.
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A mythical beast of this type with central socket and raised head is illustrated by E. Schloss, Ancient Chinese Ceramic Sculpture from Han to T'ang, vol. II, Stamford, Connecticut, 1977, pl. 17.
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