Seller: artancientltd (9,304) 99.6%, Location: London, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 391096349418 A wonderful ancient Chinese Han Dynasty agricultural scene of a pig pen, dating to the later eastern Han period, around 100 - 220 AD. A charming scene, this wonderful piece is a fine example of the development of Han Dynasty art. Agricultural scenes such as this are a known type of terracotta art from the Han dynasty and are a very visual representation of the hopes of the original owner to take his present life into the next. The ordinary agricultural scene was a source of comfort and perhaps also a display of wealth and abundance. Models of pigsties have been found in Henan, Hubei and Sichuan provinces. In this example, we see the animal sleeping in his enclosure next to his sty, a vivid evocation of rural life in Han Dynasty China. With a fantastic sense of life, the razor backed hog is shown sleeping lazily in the confines of its pen, one can truly feel the animal’s inner nature, and its attitude is strikingly familiar to us today. As such, this is much more than simply a visual document, the scene is so distant, yet so relatable, it allows us a brief moment of emotional connection with the society it is depicting. For a similar, published example, please see: Lewis, C. 1990. Into the Afterlife: Han and Six Dynasties Chinese Tomb Sculpture from the Schloss Collection. New York: Vassar Art Gallery. Diameter: 7 ½ inches. Condition: Very good, reattached across the centre and exhibiting a beautiful green glaze. Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Mr. M. O'Hara (the full name and a picture of Mr. O'Hara will be provided to the new purchaser upon request). Mr. O'Hara was a prominent numismatist, author and collector who in later life developed a passion for Chinese terracotta art of the Han - Song period. He sought only the finest examples of their type, buying at a time in the late 1980s when examples without widespread deceptive restorations could still be acquired. ArtAncient purchased the entire collection directly from his heirs and is now honoured to present these items to the market after nearly 35 years. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics Original/Reproduction: Original, Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine, Region of Origin: China, Primary material: Pottery, Dynasty: Han 206 B.C. - 220 A.D.