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    • Sancai-glazed Earthenware Zodiac Figure
    • Sancai-glazed Earthenware Zodiac Figure
    • Sancai-glazed Earthenware Zodiac Figure
    • Sancai-glazed Earthenware Zodiac Figure
    Sancai-glazed Earthenware Zodiac Figure

    Tang: ceramics, metalwork and sculpture

    21 October - 6 November, 2021

    Eskenazi Limited is delighted to hold an exhibition entirely devoted to rare works of art including ceramics, sculpture and metalwork from the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 AD), often called the golden age of Chinese culture. This is only the second time that Eskenazi has held an exhibition covering a wide range of material, solely dedicated to the Tang Dynasty. The first was in 1987. Notable highlights of this 2021 exhibition include a magnificent and monumental dry lacquer head of a bodhisattva, one of only three known surviving examples of this kind and a rare sancai-glazed zodiac animal figure with a human body and an equine head

    Sancai-glazed Earthenware Zodiac Figure

    Tang dynasty, 618 - 907

    This zodiac figure is remarkable for its crisply modelled equine head, combined with its kneeling human body wearing official robes. Although full sets of unglazed zodiac animal figures are known from the Northern Wei period, sancai-glazed zodiac figures dating to the Tang dynasty are very rare. This zodiac horse would have formed part of a set of twelve to indicate the twelve-year cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar and the twelve two-hour periods in the day. This figure is notable for its fine modelling, carefully controlled sancai-glaze and above all, for the air of benign empathy that it emanates.

    Height: 22.2cm