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Ancient Chinese Sui / Tang Dynasty Pottery Goose Figure - 618 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,479) 99.4%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291009668148 A beautiful and distinctive ancient Chinese late Sui to early Tang Dynasty figure of a goose, dating to approximately 581 - 700 AD. This large standing goose is typical of the Tang artistic style, depicting the animal with a high degree of animation and individuality. The figure is depicted standing upright, with its neck curved inward toward the body, as if preening its feathers, reflecting the essence of sheng dong (living movement) that is key to Tang artistic traditions. Models such as these (known as ming-ch'i) were a central component of Chinese burial practices and were often related to daily life. The inclusion of animal miniatures within such contexts bear witness to the importance of raising livestock in ancient China. Xunzi, a follower of Confucius wrote that: "one adorns the dead as though they were still living, and sends them to the grave with forms symbolic of life." This wonderful, rare depiction once formed part of the world renowned Schloss Collection and remains a fine example of ancient Chinese figurative art. This unique piece currently has no similar examples published, however its artistic form and straw-coloured glaze is highly characteristic of late Sui and early Tang excavated finds. For other animal figures featuring this distinctive glaze, please see: Baker, J. 1993. Appeasing the Spirits: Sui and Tang Dynasty Tomb Sculpture from the Schloss Collection. p.40. Height: 3 inches. Condition: Excellent, unrestored. Provenance: Ex collection of Mr. and Mrs. Ezekiel Schloss. Ezekiel Schloss is one of the most famous names in ancient Chinese ming-chi (terracotta figure) art. Together with his wife Lillian, he was a prolific collector, well respected authority and author of the major publication "Ancient Chinese ceramic sculpture from Han through T'ang". Schloss arrived in the US from Latvia in 1940. He was an accomplished cartoonist, working for many years at the New York times. The Schloss collection is rare in that it truly represents an educated collection of art; Schloss was immersed in Chinese ming-chi art and only collected beautiful examples of specific types, as well as the unusual, the charming and the rare. 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 Region of Origin: China, Original/Reproduction: Original, Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine, Dynasty: Tang

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