24 March 2004
PROPERTY FROM A CALIFORNIA ESTATE
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A PRANCING HORSE
TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
Naturalistically modelled standing on a rectangular base with raised front right leg and head lowered slightly looking to the left, with sweeping saddle cloth and trappings hung with large tassles, traces of red, black and white pigment
21 in. (53.4 cm.) long
Sotheby's, New York, 3 June 1987, lot 106.
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Compare a similarly animated painted pottery horse illustrated in In Pursuit of Antiquities: Thirty-fifth Anniversary Exhibition of the Min Chiu Society, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 22 December 1995-18 February 1996, no. 83.
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