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Tang Dynasty Pottery, Tang Dynasty Horses in New York City

Set of ladies horse riders, the court lady accompanied by her attendant.  Fine details with original pigmentation.  Tang Dynasty (AD618-907).  H. 12 in (30.5 cm), L. 11 in (28 cm).  Oxford T.L. tested.


Rare well modeled horse with single horn, as a unicorn, cowry shells collar, winged saddle with painted white swirls medallions and five petal rosettes harness, bit (mouth) and crupper (back).  Northern Qi (AD 550-577).  H. 12.5 in (31.8 cm), L. 14.25 (36.2 cm).  Oxford T.L. tested.  Sold


Standing foursquare horse with saddle on a plinth.  Head turn slightly to the left with open mouth.  Well defined strong muscular definitions with traces of original orange pigment on the saddle.  Tang Dynasty (AD618-907).  H. 12.3 in (31.2 cm), L. 14 in (35.5 cm).  Oxford T.L. tested. Sold


Well modeled small horse on a standing erect position.  Good details on head, tail and body with original white pigment.  Early Tang Dynasty (AD 7th C. ).  H. 13 in (33 cm), L. 11.4 in (28.8 cm).  Oxford T.L. tested.


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Horse with cargo and groom.  Standing foursquare on a plinth, the horse carries a load of provisions covered with a feline skin.  Good details and gesture of motion on groom.  Black pottery typical of the period.  Yuan Dynasty (AD1279-1368).  Horse:  H. 10.6 (26.9 cm), L. 14.5 in (36.8 cm).  Groom:  H. 10.75 in (27.3 cm).  Oxford T.L. tested


Well modeled pair of  glaze figures of Bactrian camels.  Standing erect on a plinth with head raised and mouth open.   Body in amber color glaze with sancai detailed on blanket around the humps.  Tang Dynasty (AD618-907).  H. 23.5 in (59.7 cm).  L. 15.5 in (39.4 cm).  Oxford T.L. tested.


Unusual pottery figure of a tortoise with a high dome carapace (representing the universe, the dome symbolizes the heavens as the belly, the earth moving upon the waters of eternity) 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.  Sold


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Tripod "Ding".  Green glazed red earthenware vessel with two handles and standing on three legs.  Cover with molded decoration of two crossed fish and band of scrollwork around resembling clouds.  Traces of silver iridescent patina on cover.  Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220).  H. 7.87 in (20cm), D. 8.5 in (21.6 cm).


Unusual miniature vessel with two handles of thin black pottery.  The front adorned with burnished round loops across the body yielding a "black on black" effect.  The back of the vessel is covered with a layer of mineral deposit- calcification ( as this side touched the wet ground), giving the effect of an abstract painting.  Western Han Dynasty (206BC-AD8).  H. 5 in (12.7 cm).


Miniature red pottery jar with two handles.  Neolithic, Ch'ichia culture, ca. 3500 BC.  H. 5 in (13 cm).  Sold


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