A pair of large grey pottery figures of buffalos, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 1277. A pair of large grey pottery figures of buffalos, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220); 27 in. (68 cm.) long. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011

Each boldly modeled standing foursquare with head slightly lowered and ears pricked behind the horns, the well-defined body with muscular back and haunches, traces of earth encrustation, stands.

Provenance: Sotheby's, New York, 6 December 1989, lot 78

Note: Compare the similarly modeled grey pottery body and head of a buffalo of smaller size (39.8 cm. long) illustrated in Kandai no Bijitsu, Osaka Museum of Art, 1974, p. 15, no. 1-119, which shows how these large figures were made in sections, with the legs made separately.

The result of Oxford thermoluminescense test nos. 466y92 and 466y93 are consistent with the dating of this lot.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011