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Ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty Pottery Merchant Figure - 618 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,441) 99.2%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291921116337 Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge An ancient Chinese Tang dynasty terracotta Jewish/Persian merchant, dating to 618 – 907 AD.Shown standing on an integral plinth, wearing a thick overcoat, the left arm held close to the chest and the right hand clutching a wine jug. Bearded and with a bushy moustache and broad nose, he is shown with the features of a foreigner, possibly one of the Semitic merchants who plied the routes of the Silk Road.Tang Dynasty China was a cosmopolitan Empire and the Tang Chinese appear to have been fascinated by the foreigners they came into contact with. Rarely they depicted them in ceramic form such as this, perhaps intended to show that the owner was a person of wealth and taste, dealing with merchants who brought him/her exotic goods from across the world. Height: 10 1/4 inchesCondition: Very good, small chip to base possibly reattached. 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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