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Ancient Chinese Han Dynasty Painted Terracotta Pottery Attendant Figure - 206 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,480) 99.4%, Location: London, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 201245691964 An ancient Chinese painted terracotta figure in stunning condition, dating to the Han Dynasty, 206 BC - 220 AD. Likely depicting an attendant of the Han court, the figure is shown kneeling in supplication, the flowing robes obscuring the body are simple, but wonderfully elegant. Yet it is the decoration that elevates this piece far above the vast majority of examples encountered on the market; the robes are coloured in black and scarlet hues, embellished with floral patterns and dotted decoration. The face is also finely painted, with particular care given over to the pensive eyes. It is extremely rare to see the original decoration as it would have been intended, one can see how the clay was a mere canvas for the ancient painter. It is remarkable to see these vibrant hues and ancient brushstrokes preserved so well; indeed what many collectors do not realise is that most examples with seemingly original decoration have been repainted in modern times. Yet here we have a fully intact example of supremely elegant style, the finest example of its type we have handled. Please note; this piece is accompanied by a Thermoluminescence certificate from Oxford Authentication, which scientifically dates it to the Han Dynasty. Condition: Excellent, unrestored and with superb preservation of the original pigment. The root markings running across the surface are a reassuring sign of authenticity in a market plagued with fakes. Height: 10 ¼ inches. Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Mr. M. O'Hara (the full name and an image of an oil painting of Mr. O'Hara will be provided to the new purchaser upon request). Mr. O'Hara was a prominent numismatist, author and collector who in later life developed a passion for Chinese terracotta art of the Han - Song period. He sought only the finest examples of their type, buying at a time in the late 1980s when examples without widespread deceptive restorations could still be acquired. ArtAncient purchased the entire collection directly from his heirs and is now honoured to present these items to the market after nearly 35 years. 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: Pottery, Original/Reproduction: Original, Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine, Region of Origin: China, Dynasty: Han 206 B.C. - 220 A.D., Representation: Attendant

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