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NORTHERN QI DYNASTY TERRACOTTA STATUE OF AN OX & CART


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A very fine and rare statue of an ox and integral cart made during the Northern Qi Dynasty. 550-577AD. The ox is fully decorated with leatherwork and tassels and it's strong, powerful body stands foursquare in front of the cart. The cart is two wheeled and, once again, fully decorated with a painted canopy and wheels decorated with painted flowers. An opening at the back of the vehicle was for passenger access. The ox has a special meaning in Chinese folklore. It was regarded as a symbol of strength and power and was always the first animal in a procession. The addition of the cart indicates the wealth and status of the owner. Oxford TL tested, sample No C111j32. Two samples were taken; one from the front leg of the ox and one from the right side of the cart. Both were from the period.