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Large Chinese Tang Dynasty Terracotta Sheep

East Asia, China, Tang Dynasty, ca. 618 to 907 CE. A charming, hollow-molded terracotta sheep laying in a recumbent position. Hooved legs are tucked beneath the muscular body, and a thick neck supports the conical head. Rounded ovoid eyes, drooping ears, a crested snout with slit-form nostrils, and a petite mouth define the zoomorphic countenance. Scattered areas of the original buffware surface are exposed where the dark-grey pigment has worn away, though this certainly does not detract from the skilled artistry of this fabulous example! Size: 6.9" L x 2.7" W x 3.125" H (17.5 cm x 6.9 cm x 7.9 cm).

Condition: Minor nicks and abrasions to head, body, and tail, with light fading to areas of original pigmentation, and softening to some finer details, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection

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