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    White stoneware figure in the form of a hare on a rectangular base. The figure has yellowish crackled glaze. The base is unglazed.

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    • 700-960
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    • Height: 103 millimetres
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    Published PDF date : Late Tang 8th-10th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 124

    Figure of a Hare

    This stoneware model of a hare is shown seated on its haunches. Its eyes are coloured with an iron-brown pigment to lend it a greater realism.

    Stoneware with slip, iron-brown and transparent glaze
    North China 中國北部
    Tang dynasty, about AD 700–960


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    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 9 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.9, no.2 bibliographic details
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White stoneware figure in the form of a hare on a rectangular base. The figure has yellowish crackled glaze.  The base is unglazed.

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