A straw-glazed pottery model of an ox, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Lot 286. A straw-glazed pottery model of an ox, Tang Dynasty (618-907). Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. 

standing foursquare with head raised, the harness and trappings lightly moulded in relief, covered overall in a pale straw glaze; 24.1 cm, 9 1/2  in.

Provenance: Sotheby's London, 12th December 1989, lot 194..

NotesThe dating of this lot is consistent with Oxford Thermoluminescence Test no. 566b78.

Similar pottery figures of oxen are illustrated in Qin Tingyu, Zhongguo Gudai Taosu Yishu [Ancient Chinese pottery], Shanghai, 1955, pl. 50; C. Hentze, Chinese Tomb Figures, London, 1928, pl. 95B, in the Musée Cernuschi, Paris; and in M. Prodan, The Art of the T'ang Potter, London, 1960, pl. 61, from the Eumorfopoulos collection, now in the British Museum, London.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Londres, 09 nov. 2016, 11:30 AM