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Ancient Chinese Pottery Six Dynasties Zodiac Rooster Figure - 220 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,304) 99.6%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 350896064551 This charming grey earthenware statue of a Chinese Zodiac rooster figure dates to the Six Dynasties Period (220-589AD), an era wracked by disunity, political instability and civil war. The piece depicts the animal posturing in guard of its surroundings, looking quizzically or even nervously at whatever lurks behind it. Beautiful sweeping incisions are used to reflect its plumage. The rooster may have sat alone or possibly alongside other figures as part of a set of twelve depicting the other animals of the zodiac. It would have resided either in a domestic context or as part of a mingqi collection. Chinese legend has it that the Jade Emperor ordered the animals of the zodiac to race across a river, with the years on the calendar being named for each animal in the order that they arrived on the far bank. The rooster spotted a wooden raft and helped the monkey and the goat to cross with him, in return his companions cleared the reeds out of their path as they went. In Chinese tradition those born in the year of the rooster are seen as hard working and loyal with high moral standards, they are also considered to be natural leaders. The "Rooster" years are: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017. Condition: The piece is in very good condition, as shown. It is unrestored and has age related wear and encrustation. Height: 4 1/4 inches. Provenance: This piece is from a large number of mostly Chinese antiques, purchased from a shop clearance in the south of England. These items were all exhibited at London department store Fortnum & Mason, approximately 15 years ago. Scans of the exhibition flyer, obtained from the previous owner, can be supplied to the buyer upon request. For a piece of very similar style but depicting a mouse, please see the following example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 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 Material: Terracota, Original/Reproduction: Original, Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine, Region of Origin: China, Primary material: Terracotta, Dynasty: Six Dynasties (222-589 A.D.)

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