Seller: artancientltd (9,403) 99.6%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 391598083039 A powerfully sculpted ancient Chinese Han Dynasty horse head, of beautiful angular style and dating to 202 BC - 220 AD. With an imposing sense of monumentality, Han horse sculpture is famous for its style and is recognised as being amongst the finest of all ancient Chinese ming qi art. The animal is captured in all its magnificence, with powerful musculature, angular jaw and a dignified aura. Exhibiting a melding of abstract yet lifelike characteristics, the ancient artist has skilfully utilised the idiosyncrasies of the face to capture the majesty of the horse. Contorted into an expression one might almost call a sneer, the head is turned just slightly to one side, with a pointed mouth and sharp visceral eyes. Figures such as this were made to accompany the Han elite into the afterlife, providing protection and acting as a display of wealth and status. In antiquity, this head would have been attached to a pottery body with wooden legs of substantial size. A beautiful display piece that reflects the skill and elegance of a golden age in ancient Chinese art. One of the most visually appealing Han horse heads we have handled. Condition: Very good, wear to surface synonymous with an ancient artefact, reattached at the muzzle, otherwise unrestored and with good pigment preservation. With Oxford Authentication Thermoluminescence test Height: 9 ½ inches. Provenance: Ex. private collection, sold as part of a prominent US collection of Chinese art at Doyle of New York. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics Original/Reproduction: Original, Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine, Region of Origin: China, Primary material: Pottery, Dynasty: Han 206 B.C. - 220 A.D.