The splender of tall pottery towers and buildings

We are proud to present this small but important collection of very rare terracotta buildings which allows a unique glimpse into the distant past.

It was during the Han dynasty (206BC - 220AD) that the production of these stunning objects became popular when houses, grain stores, animal pens and fortified structures ensured comfort and security in the next life.

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Descrption:

A rare and complete terracotta model of tower made during the Eastern Han dynasty (25 - 220AD).
The three sectioned tower is in excellent condition with minor chips and wear and stands an impressive 90cm high with a 25 x 25 cm base.
The lower section contains a standing figure and each outer corner is decorated with dragon terminals.
The second and third levels are roofed with flower terminals and and circular roof ends.



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Descrption:
This very fine, complete terracotta model of a residence was made during the Eastern Han dynasty, (25 - 220AD), and stands 46cm high, 29 cm wide and 14 cm deep and is in excellent condition.
The decorated balcony contains two standing figures in front of an open trellis work.
The front two supports are modelled as sitting bears, an animal used in Han art to depict power and strength.
The integral roof has circular roof ends.




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Descrption:

A massive and magnificent model of an extremely rare, complete, terracotta residential tower which was made during the Western Han dynasty, (206BC - 8AD).
Standing 81 cm high and with a courtyard base of 46 x 37cm this piece is full of detail.
The detachable roof is decorated with raised tiles and circular roof ends. The first level contains sitting figures, musicians and, rarely, acrobats on the balcony wall. Beautifully decorated roof supports flank the open trellis work allowing cool air to circulate.

The open court yard contains figures carrying water containers and a seated watchdog sits alert at each of the front and back openings.
Vertical house supports, open windows and tile ends decorate the main body strongly indicating a residence intended for a person of status.

Excellent condition with some probable minor restoration.

Oxford TL tested.
Samples were taken from:
a. Into the eave on the right side
b. Under bottom of mid section.
c. Right wall of lower section.

Please note: Due to the size and weight, specialist packing would be required and, therefore, personal delivery is preferable.


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Descrption:

The rarest and most impressive of this group of buildings is this superb green and ocre glazed terracotta pagoda made during the Liao dynasty, (907 - 1125AD). Total height 1.14 m.

An exceptional work of art that was made in three sections. The richly decorated base is full of Buddhist influence comprising flowering plants, seated Buddhas and a beaded design.
Although a solid base, it has been designed as a stepped base covered in green and ocre glazes.

The middle section is an inverted roofed structure with an open door balcony. The roof and balcony walls are intricately decorated with trailing plants and trellis work. The sides of the walls have applied, dancing animals.

The roofed top section is again decorated with tiles ends, detailed roof support and inverted terminals. It culminates in four seated Buddhas supporting an open lotus flower in which sits a removable, ocre glazed bowl and removable lid with extended finial.

Very strong in Buddhist tradition, this whole structure was intended to hold a bowl which would have contained “The water of life”.

The condition is outstanding with minor glaze loss.

Oxford TL tested.
Samples were taken from:
a. Into side of base wall
b. Base of second section.
c. Base of third section.
d, Base of the bowl.
e. Base of bowl.



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