Terracotta Horse with Saddle, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Terracotta Horse with Saddle, China, Tang Dynasty (618-907). Height: 88 cm. Length: 83 cm. TL-tested by Oxford Authentication Ltd. Vanderven Oriental Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017.

This terracotta horse was fired at a high temperature betwee 850 and 1000 degrees Celsius. The Tang Chinese used two different firing methods, oxidation and reduction, which affected the final colour. Oxidation firing allows oxygen to give a clean burn, resulting in a reddish 'terracotta' colour. Reduction firing has little oxygen, which produces smoke and results in a grey to black clay. 

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