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Large Early Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Model of a Prancing Horse, TL Tested

US$68,000

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A magnificent and large early Tang dynasty (618-906 AD) model of a prancing or dancing horse, circa 7th century. The majestic animal is caught mid-motion, one leg raised, head gracefully turned, standing on a plinth. The body is elegantly proportioned, with beautiful musculature. The head is realistically molded, with an open mouth and flared nostrils, ears upright and alert. The entirety of the horse has been covered in a white slip, with the hooves pigmented orange. A channel in along its neck indicates this horse would originally have had a mane of real hair. Commonly called prancing horses because of their stance, with one leg raised, these horses may in fact represent the famed dancing horses of the Tang dynasty, which performed in troupes for the entertainment of nobles and the emperor.  TL (thermoluminescence) tested by Oxford Laboratories.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Width: 34 in. (86.36 cm)Depth: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Style
    Tang (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 7th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. With repairs and restorations as expected. One ear chipped (as seen in photos).
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU89479749391

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    Ships From: Austin, TX
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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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