Chinese Han Dynasty Polychrome Terracotta Deer Sculpture

GBP 3,947.00

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Object Description

A large-sized Chinese, terracotta figure depicting a naturalistically rendered, standing deer, dated to the Han Dynasty. The potter has created a strong physique, with attention to both the musculature and the anatomical features. These are reflected in its curved shape, which is reminiscent of Han practices of depicting animals in terracotta. The deer’s face is particularly striking, with bulging eyes that seem to be looking intently at something in the distance. The ears are pricked, adding a touch of alertness to the animal’s appearance. The deer’s snout is distinctive, featuring flared nostrils and a slightly open mouth. The hooves are also finely crafted with details, with linear grooves depicting the notched foot. To the reverse of the deer’s body, a short, tapering tail is sculpted. The deer is covered in a rich ochre pigment, with detailing added in red and black. A rare piece of unusually large size.

Date: Circa 206 BC – AD 220
Period: The Han Dynasty

Object History

From the collection of a West Country gentleman, formed in 1970s. This piece has been Thermo Luminescent tested and TL certificate no: C122f88 will accompany this lot.

Object Condition

Very good condition, some original pigment visible to the surface.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:51 x H:59.6 centimeters

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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