Porcelain Tang Dynasty – Styled Sancai Horse Sculpture.  Ceramic Statue.  China

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I was thrilled to acquire this mid-sized horse from a Tongchuan kiln (central Shaanxi province) known for quality sancai ceramics.  Made from white clay, coated with a colored glaze and fired at 800 degrees Celsius.   The polychrome effect was obtained by using a manganese and cobalt agent.

 

Tongchuan kilns use the same clays used by Tang dynasty potters most famous for burial wares such as the Tang dynasty tomb figures.

 

This quality is definitely not seen in the mass produced factory pieces seen in trinket stores.  Not even close.

 

Stand not included.

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