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Han Dynasty Pottery Figure of a Tortoise

Unusual pottery figure of a tortoise with a high dome carapace scalloped along the edges with a single string of knobs running from the neck to the coiled tail with small traces of red pigment and four legs heavily ridged.  The head slightly extended with bulbous eyes and partially opened mouth.  The central disk on the upper part of the dome indicates that it was used as a base.  Western Han Dynasty (206BC-AD8).  L. 18 in (45.7cm), H. 7.5 in (19 cm).  Oxford T.L. tested.

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