Huge Ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty Pottery Lokopala Guardian Figure - 900 A.d.
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Huge Ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty Pottery Lokopala Guardian Figure - 900 A.d.:
A spectacular, large and imposing, ancient Chinese Tang dynasty terracotta figure of a heavenly guardian (Lokapala), dating to around 900 AD.
The powerful warrior is depicted with great authority, shown standing proud and wearing dragon-ornamented breastplate, his eyes frowning and nostrils flared. He stands ready and defiant, with his right foot subduing a mythical deer-creature below. The left hand resting on hip and the right held out in front, likely holding a spear or other implement in antiquity, now long since perished.
Figures such as this were placed at the entrances of important tombs in antiquity. They are referred to as Lokapala and were believed to protect the owner against evil spirits. This fascinating figure reflects this other-worldly role.
Height of figure: 24 inches.
Condition: Good overall. Head reattached, possible further minor restorations. Areas of original pigment survive, some encrustations throughout.
The piece is accompanied by a Thermoluminescence certificate from Oxford Authentication, attesting to the authenticity of the piece, (Tang dynasty, 618 - 906 A.D.) Oxford Authentication are the world leaders in TL testing, and are used by museums and sale houses throughout the world.
This piece is from a large number of mostly Chinese antiques, purchased from a shop clearance in the south of England. These items were all exhibited at London department store Fortnum & Mason, approximately 15 years ago. Scans of the exhibition flyer, obtained from the previous owner, can be supplied to the buyer upon request.Authenticity
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