A large painted grey pottery figure of a horse, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 9) 

Lot 1305. A large painted grey pottery figure of a horse, Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 9); 23 in. (58.4 cm.) high. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 6,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011

Shown standing foursquare with head facing forward, the head modeled with flat cheeks, prominent brows and slightly open mouth, the ears alertly pricked, with separate socketed tail, covered overall with brick-red pigment.

ProvenanceIn the United States prior to 1987.
Greenwald Collection no. 1

Literature: Gerald M. Greenwald, The Greenwald Collection, Two Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics, 1996, no. 1.

NoteThis horse is of the early Western Han type unearthed at Yanjiawan, near Xianyang, Shaanxi province.

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