19 September 2007
AN UNUSUAL GREEN-GLAZED POTTERY FLASK
TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
The body of oval section, each side molded in relief with a frolicking monkey between floral bursts and further impressed designs, within a border of raised bosses conforming to the outline of the vessel, with a pair of pierced leaf-form handles at the shoulder, all covered with a green glaze which continues onto the flared foot with almost flat base
6 in. (15.2 cm.) high, box
Acquired in the 1990s.
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No other example of a flask of this type molded in relief with a frolicking monkey appears to be published.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C107f83 is consistent with the dating of this lot.
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