Reclining bull

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Origin
China
Period
Tang Dynasty, 618 - 907 AD
Height
17 cm
Depth
28 cm

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Description

A realistically modeled bull in a recumbent posture with the right foreleg outstretched and head turned to its left. With traces of white pigment remaining.

This earthenware bull is a mingqi figure intended to accompany a spirit to the afterlife. Depicting the pleasures of daily life, mingqi were offerings to ensure special treatment, often in the form of court ladies, dancers, musicians, and horses. The mingqi have a documentary value and a purely aesthetic seduction: they bring an entire society alive again, with its majestic, frivolous or picturesque personages

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