East Asia, China, Han Dynasty, ca. 206 BCE to 220 CE. A hand-built pottery plaque of a fabulous style depicting finely detailed registers of curvilinear, avian, and leonine motifs. The rectangular plaque has a raised exterior border surrounding a program of black-painted scrolls atop a vermilion ground that is separated from eight intricate birds with a yellow-green border. Another slender border surrounds the central, green-hued panel that contains a pair of intimidating lion-like creatures with gaping jaws, red eyes, and curled tails. The spaces surrounding the birds and lions are filled with white-painted curvilinear and pointillist motifs. An attractive and unusual example of fine Han-era artistry! Size: 20.5" L x 14.25" W (52.1 cm x 36.2 cm)
Accompanied by the results of Oxford Authentication thermoluminescence test #C101t74, dated August 17, 2001, stating the results are consistent with the suggested age of manufacture.
Provenance: ex-Freeman Auctions, June 19, 2020, Lot 104; ex-private European-American collection, acquired August 20, 2001 from Danny Ma, Bath, England
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Nicks and abrasions to periphery, back, and front panel, with fading to original pigmentation, and light encrustations, otherwise intact and very good. Great remains of pigment and zoomorphic imagery across obverse.