A charming Tang Dynasty (618 to 906 AD) amber glazed pottery model of an ox, China, circa 9th century.
The ox finely modeled standing foursquare upon an unglazed ring base, with a large pair of horns that curve out and up, a robust body with a prominent hump, and a friendly face. Its tail gracefully and casually tossed to one side, resting on his hind quarters.
The ox fully covered in a gorgeous amber glaze. The deep and rich, with beautiful streaking.
Oxen hold a great significance in China. As one of the twelve zodiac animals, they represent strength and determination. As beasts of burden, they were instrumental in trade and agriculture, pulling carts and plowing fields. Oxen were also the preferred sacrificial animal for major religious ceremonies, especially related to harvests and bounty.