A Chinese Tang dynasty earthenware ox, depicted with his head raised and mouth ajar. He is richly decorated with brown pigment, to create the effect of a patched coat. Across his back is a harness, with which he would have been attached to a cart. The raised head and open mouth suggests that the animal was agitated, perhaps at pulling his laden cart.
Date: 618 – 906 AD Period: Tang Dynasty Condition: Very fine, with rich pigment still remaining.
An item of this kind would have been placed in the deceased’s tomb, to perform labour in the afterlife. Goods animals used on an estate were expected to carry on such work for their owner even after his death.
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