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Ancient Chinese Han Dynasty Terracotta Dog - 206 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,489) 99.4%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 391586845705 Details: Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge An ancient Chinese terracotta model of a dog, dating to the Han dynasty, circa 206 BC.The large dog stands four-square, his tail curved up towards his back, his ears pricked up, his head slightly raised as if looking to his master. This piece was made from a two part mould and hand finished. Particular attention was paid to the eyes, ears and mouth, which are carefully finished. With a wonderful abstract quality typical of Han art - it is as if the Han Chinese were interested in reducing figures to their essence, they did not over-complicate things or pay great attention to realism, however the spirit of the subject is conveyed well. From ancient times, the Chinese believed that the afterlife was similar to this world. Therefore, they wanted to take with them things that would maintain the status and style to which they were accustomed. Animals were popular and shows the importance of raising and keeping livestock and pets in ancient China. Though the practice of providing model animals was a common one, it is rare to encounter figures of this larger size. Length: 8 inchesCondition: Restored from 2 or 3 large fragments. Otherwise unrestored and in good condition. Provenance:Formerly in the collection of Mr. M. O'Hara (the full name and a picture 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 Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealer's Association, LAPADA, CINOA and the BNTA. We exhibit at major art fairs and have sold to museums and important collectors. All objects we sell are authentic as described. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. 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. All sales are subject to our terms and conditions, which can be found on our website, As legitimate sellers, 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. inkfrog terapeak inkFrog Analytics

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