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Ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty Sancai Glazed Pottery Bactrian Camel - 706 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,497) 99.2%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291939788321 An exceptional ancient Chinese Tang sancai camel, among the most iconic of all ancient Chinese ceramics, dating to the early to mid-Tang Dynasty, around 706 - 755 AD. A wonderful, vibrant depiction, the camel is shown standing upon a rectangular base, raising its head to bray. With wide eyes and exposed teeth, the entire piece exudes a sense of life and motion. Decorated throughout with a thick sancai (three colour) glaze. The kilns of the Tang Dynasty broke free from earlier traditions, employing rich, vibrant glazes. Whether this reflected a change in fashion or technology is not known, however, Tang glazes are some of the most admired of the entire ancient world. The artistic splendour of the Tang Dynasty was made possible by its vast wealth, built on trade along the great Silk Route, between China and the cities of the distant west. Bactrian camels such as the creature depicted here travelled along the treacherous deserts of the Silk Route, laden with goods. It was during the Tang Dynasty that trade between east and west reached its golden age, and the Chinese empire welcomed foreign cultures from all across the known world. Above all, it was these hardy camels that came to symbolise the prosperity of the Silk Route, and by extension Chinese civilisation itself. Please note: The results of Daybreak Thermolumninescence Test 394A34 are consistent with the dating of this piece. Height: 22 1/2 inches. Length: 16 inches. Condition: Base, neck and legs reattached, further minor restorations. Overall very good condition for a piece of this size Provenance: From the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Ezekiel Schloss. Ezekiel Schloss is one of the most famous names in ancient Chinese ming-chi (terracotta figure) art. Together with his wife Lillian, he was a prolific collector, well respected authority and author of the major publication "Ancient Chinese ceramic sculpture from Han through T'ang". The Schloss collection is rare in that it truly represents an educated collection of art; Schloss was immersed in Chinese ming-chi art and only collected beautiful examples of specific types, as well as the unusual, the charming and the rare. This piece was sold by Mrs. Schloss on July 29th 1994 to a Long Island collector, from whose estate we purchased the piece. A copy of Mrs. Schloss' sale invoice will be provided to the new owner. The sale price at the time was US$17,000. Approximate region of origin: 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. Our terms and conditions are available on request or can be found on our website. 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 Analytics

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