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GBP (£) 4,000 - 6,000
EUR (€) 4,650 - 6,980
USD ($) 5,610 - 8,420

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£4,000 (EUR 4,650; USD 5,610) (+bp*)

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Large Chinese Tang Terracotta Polo Player Pair

Tang Dynasty, 618-907 AD

A dynamic pair of ceramic polo players, each modelled in the round and depicting a female polo player riding a galloping horse with front and rear legs outstretched, heads turned, tails dressed, wearing saddle cloth and saddle, with detailing to the mane, head and body; the riders with one leg either side of the saddle, short stirrups, one arm positioned forwards to hold reins, the other raised to swing the mallet, each with dressed hair and decorative clothes; substantial remains of painted pigmentation; accompanied by two custom made display stands. 11.8 kg total, 61cm each (24"). Finely modelled. [2]

Provenance
From a West Country collection, 1990s; formerly with a Hong Kong gallery; accompanied by positive Kotalla Laboratory thermoluminescence report Nos.: 23CM110520 and 22CM110520; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no. 10620-173312.

Literature
See The British Museum, museum number 1938,0524.114, for a comparable pair; see Prodan, M., The Art of the Tang Potter, London, 1960, fig.71, for an additional pair of polo players with comparable features.