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Han Dynasty Terracotta Sculpture of an Ox pulling a Cart, China '206BC - 220AD'

US$10,000

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Han Dynasty Terracotta sculpture of an ox pulling a cart behind him. Sculptural effigies of domesticated animals were often interred in the tombs of nobility and elite members of the social hierarchy. This ox functioned as a beast of burden that was to perform arduous tasks throughout eternity. Besides its purpose, this sculpture is also extraordinary for its exquisite state of conservation. Remains of the original cream color are still visible on the body of the ox and the cart. Such fine pigments rarely survive the pressures of time and the strains of excavation. The cart is a masterworks, composed of the box structure, roof, and two wheels with Incised markings. This fantastic piece is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Burial figurines of graceful dancers, mystical beasts, and everyday objects reveal both how people in early China approached death and how they lived. Since people viewed the afterlife as an extension of worldly life, these figurines, called mingqi, sometimes referred as “spirit utensils” or “vessels of ghosts” disclose details of routine existence and provide insights into belief systems over a thousand-year period. Ultimately, funerary objects such as mingqi worked in concert with other funerary objects, tomb architecture, shrines, and spirit-road sculptures to achieve a goal that exceeded the well-being of the family. According to Confucian doctrine, when every person performed their prescribed social role to perfection, the cosmos would achieve harmony. By ensuring the well-being of the dead, the living promoted accord in the celestial realm and in their own terrestrial existence. The Han dynasty was the second imperial dynasty of China (206 BC–220 AD), preceded by the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC). Spanning over four centuries, the Han period is considered a Golden Age in Chinese history. To this day, China's majority ethnic group refers to themselves as the "Han people”.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm)Width: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Depth: 7.5 in. (19.05 cm)
  • Style
    Han (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    206 BC - 220 AD
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    San Pedro Garza Garcia, MX
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CH-0971stDibs: LU3172310989071

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    to United States 0, arrives in 4-9 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Laredo, TX
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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