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LOT 0296

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GBP (£) 4,000 - 6,000
EUR (€) 4,720 - 7,080
USD ($) 4,860 - 7,290

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£4,000 (EUR 4,719; USD 4,859) (+bp*)

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CHINESE TANG POLO PLAYER PAIR
TANG DYNASTY, 618-907 A.D.

A dynamic pair of ceramic polo player figures modelled in the round, riding galloping horses in vigorous poses, each a female in a robe with long sleeves and extensive remains of polychrome pigmentation, detailing to the harnesses and rider's garments; each with a custom-made display stand, and housed in a custom-made presentation box covered in decorative fabric. 16 1/4 in. (19 1/4 x 15 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.) (6 kg total, 41 cm wide each (10.9 kg total, 49 x 39 x 21 cm each including box)). [2]

PROVENANCE:
West Country collection, 1990s.
Both accompanied by positive thermoluminescence report nos.50CM180321 and 49CM180321 issued by Laboratory Kotalla.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate no.11365-189764.

LITERATURE:
Cf. The British Museum, museum number 1938,0524.114, for broadly comparable figures.

CONDITION