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Ancient Chinese Northern Zhou Pre Tang Pottery Warrior Guardian Figures - 557 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,298) 99.7%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 390609802940 A wonderful and rare pair of ancient Chinese Northern Zhou, polychrome terracotta figures, dating to approximately 557 - 581 A.D. The flat-backed warriors shown standing tall with legs set apart, they both wear close fitting helmets and clutch oblong shields to their chests, their left hands pierced, perhaps to hold spears or other implements in antiquity. The colours are vibrant and typical of the period. Height: 7 inches. Condition: Excellent. Unrestored. These extremely rare pieces date to China's Northern Zhou dynasty, a short dynasty formed in 557 A.D. after the split of the Northern Wei and eventual demise of the Western Wei that followed. The dynasty lasted only 24 years following the incompetent rule of Emperor Xuan. Northern Zhou terracottas are seldom encountered on the Art Market. They are characterized by stocky, high-fired grey earthenware with vibrant polychrome decoration and pink fleshy tones. Compare a Northern Zhou terracotta excavated at Emperor Wu's Mausolium, Xianyang, Shaanxi province and another pair from the tomb of Li Xian. Provenance: Previously in the stock of a major London dealer and acquired over 20 years ago on the London Market. The previous owner had acquired a considerable and varied collection of Chinese terracottas over many years, with a small collection of Northern Wei terracottas constituting some of the rares pieces in his entire inventory. 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

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