Sancai-Glazed Figure of an Earth Spirit

Earthenware, Sancai Glaze.

Tang Dynasty (AD618-907)

Possibly from the Gongxian Kilns, Henan, China.

37cm H x 13cm W

SKU: 3890 Category:

The two-horned mythical beast, with a feline-line head, hoofed feet and two short wings spanning out from the back of it head is shown here splashed all over in the typical sancai colours of amber (iron oxide), green (copper oxide) and a white slip brown. Squatting on its hauches the beast releases a warning roar to all who are caught in the gaze of it bulging eyes.

  • A similar piece was exhibited in The University of Michigan Museums of Art and Archaeology Bulletin, Vol XVI, 2005-2006.
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