Chinese Art: Bactrian Camel, Riders, and Dogs Early Tang Dynasty

Chinese Art: Bactrian Camel, Riders, and Dogs Early Tang Dynasty
Chinese Art: Bactrian Camel, Riders, and Dogs Early Tang Dynasty
Country of Origin: Tan'g China

Date of Origin Tang Dynasty late 8th century

Use: Funeral figure.

Country of Origin: Tan'g China

Date of Origin Tang Dynasty late 8th century

Use: Funeral figure.

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Auction Catalogue Description:

FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART
SALE N07917 LOT 37
SESSION 1 | 17 Sep 03 10:15 AM.
New York
AN EXTRAORDINARY AND MONUMENTAL GREY POTTERY GROUP OF BACTRIAN CAMEL, RIDERS AND DOGS
EARLY TANG DYNASTY

150,000—200,000 USD
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 176,000 USD
MEASUREMENTS
36 1/4 by 31 5/8 in. (92 by 80.5 cm), condition report available
DESCRIPTION
DETAILED DESCRIPTION
the powerfully modelled beast striding forward, its neck twisting back in a dynamic arc as if reined sharply in by its rider while its bulging eyes and widely braying mouth betray its loud and agitated protest, the straining slender legs accented by boldly delineated tendons and deftly modelled tufts of hair, with a separate saddle-blanket and harness of long poles slung along its high humps, finely shaped to bow beneath its heavy burden, the bearded trader with arrogant and rather indifferent expression seated up on a fringed fur rug atop a bulging saddlebag slung with numerous pilgrim flasks, bolsters and game, his young son seated behind with one leg bent under and the other outstretched to balance his backward lean as the father's arm tugs at the reins, the group further enlivened by two small puppies, one almost falling off as its paws clutch the man's long jacket, the other safely tucked under his arm, with ample accents of ochre, white and pink pigments overall (3)