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Ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty Foreign Merchant / Groom Figure - 618 AD

Ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty Foreign Merchant / Groom Figure - 618 AD

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An ancient Chinese Tang dynasty terracotta merchant or groom figure of particularly rare style, dating to 618 – 907 AD. Shown standing on an integral plinth, wearing a thick overcoat pulled open to expose the chest and midriff, the left arm held by the side, the right raised as if to attract attention. Bearded and with a broad nose, he is shown with the features of a foreigner, possibly one of the Semitic merchants who plied the routes of the Silk Road. This is an extremely rare depiction, although groom and merchant figures are commonly encountered from the Tang dynasty, this figure has a quite different aesthetic to the majority of depictions, indeed it has a strong sense of individual character. From the lithe slender legs standing on a rock-like plinth to the gilding of the hat, the depiction suggests that the sculptor took existing pieces of contemporary figural art and incorporated their own personal tastes. A fascinating piece. Height: 13 1/8 inches. Condition: Very good, head reattached and legs restored, lovely preservation of the original gilding on the hat. Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Mr. M. O'Hara (the full name and a picture of Mr. O'Hara will be provided to the new purchaser upon request). Mr. O'Hara was a prominent numismatist, author and collector who in later life developed a passion for Chinese terracotta art of the Han - Song period. He sought only the finest examples of their type, buying at a time in the late 1980s when examples without widespread deceptive restorations could still be acquired. ArtAncient purchased the entire collection directly from his heirs and is now honoured to present these items to the market after nearly 35 years. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics