Two large painted pottery figures of guardians, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907)

Lot 1111. Two large painted pottery figures of guardians, Tang dynasty (AD 618-907); 25 ½ and 25 in. (64.8 and 63.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000Price realised USD 15,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 

Each tall, slender figure with fierce expression is shown standing on a rectangular base, the right hand clenched to hold a halberd and the left hand extended with fingers spread. Each wears well-detailed armor and an elaborate 'leather' cap with upright brim. There are traces of orange-toned red, black, white and pale green pigments. 

Provenance: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 1990.  

Note: The result of Oxford thermoluminescence tests no. 566a31 and 566a32 are consistent with the dating of this lot.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 14 - 15 September 2017, New York