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Rare Ancient Chinese Han Dynasty Pottery Horned Mythical Bull Beast - 206BC

$1,225.00 27 Bids Sold, $37.99 Shipping, 14-Day Returns

Seller: artancientltd (9,300) 99.6%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 201734004431 Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge A rare and powerful mythological creature in the form of a charging bull. Dating to the Han dynasty, circa 206 BC - 220 AD. The stocky creature is shown in mid stride, its large head lowered, with three fierce horns protruding from the top, a tail curled onto its back. This savage-looking animal was intended to ward off the evil spirits and is likely one of the fantastic animals described in the Book of Later Han, ???, compiled in the fifth century. A similar creature included in the Schloss Collection, is illustrated in Ancient Chinese Sculpture - Han through Tang, 1977, vol. 1, pl. 18. For another example which sold for around $7,800 in Bonhams, in May of this year, please see the following link: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23237/lot/18/ Condition: Rear legs reattached, horns restored. Remnants of original white and red pigment. Height: 5 1/2 inches Length: 12 inches 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 Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealer's Association, LAPADA, CINOA and the BNTA. We exhibit at major art fairs and have sold to museums and important collectors. All objects we sell are authentic as described. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. 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. All sales are subject to our terms and conditions, which can be found on our website, www.ArtAncient.com. As legitimate sellers, 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. inkfrog terapeak inkFrog Analytics

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