Figures of pigs are quite well known among Han Dynasty mingqi. However pigs of this exceptional size are not. A similar smaller version from the Jingguantang Collection was included in the exhibition, Art Treasures from Shanghai and Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong Art Gallery, November 1996 - January 1997, p. 82, no. 14 and sold in our New York Rooms together with a male pig, 18 September 1997, lot 129. A pair of pregnant pottery pigs measuring 44 cm. long were excavated from the attendant pits of the Yanling Mausoleum of the Han Emperor Jingdi and illustrated drawings in Wenwu 1994:6, p. 14, fig. 19.1. An excavated example of smaller size from tomb no. 2 at Hejiashan, Mianyang city is illustrated in Wenwu 1991:3, p. 11, fig. 8.
The result of Oxford Authentification Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C199j62 is consistent with the dating of this lot.