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PRESENTING A FABULOUS Tang Dynasty Style Ceramic House.
Most likely a Chinese Government sanctioned reproduction of a 10th Century tomb piece.
The house is in the style of a Tang Dynasty House from circa 900 AD. It is in the style of a house recovered from the tomb of a wealthy Chinese person who died circa 900 AD, reputedly uncovered during the construction of a Highway in 2006.
In 6 pieces. From the top down you have the roof section which has the official Chinese Government red wax seal. This section sits on a separate terrace section, which in turn sits on the roofed base of the house. It has a separat walled enclosure with re-moveable roof/pergola at the front entrance door.
The animals would have been kept in the enclosure at the base of the house. Humans would have lived and cooked on the First Floor with a bamboo ladder leading up to the Second Floor where they would have had their sleeping quarters.
In near ‘Mint’ condition. No cracks, chips or losses.
Provenance: Bought by a couple of US Private Collectors in Lu Lui Chong Section of Beijing, China in 2006. It was purchased from a Chinese Government sanctioned Store in the Lu Lui Chong Section and has all it’s accompanying paperwork (see photos).
The Tang dynasty (/tɑːŋ/; Chinese: 唐朝[a]) or the Tang Empire was an imperial dynasty of China that ruled from 618 to 907, with an interregnum between 690 and 705. It was preceded by the Sui dynasty and followed by the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in Chinese history. Historians generally regard the Tang as a high point in Chinese civilization, and a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. Tang territory, acquired through the military campaigns of its early rulers, rivaled that of the Han dynasty. The Tang capital at Chang’an (present-day Xi’an) was the most populous city in the world in its day.
The Lǐ family (李) founded the dynasty, seizing power during the decline and collapse of the Sui Empire. The dynasty was briefly interrupted when Empress Wu Zetian seized the throne, proclaiming the Wu Zhou dynasty and becoming the only legitimate Chinese empress regnant. In two censuses of the 7th and 8th centuries, the Tang records estimated the population by number of registered households at about 50 million people. Yet, even when the central government was breaking down and unable to compile an accurate census of the population in the 9th century, it is estimated that the population had grown by then to about 80 million people.[b] With its large population base, the dynasty was able to raise professional and conscripted armies of hundreds of thousands of troops to contend with nomadic powers in dominating Inner Asia and the lucrative trade-routes along the Silk Road. Various kingdoms and states paid tribute to the Tang court, while the Tang also conquered or subdued several regions which it indirectly controlled through a protectorate system. Besides political hegemony, the Tang also exerted a powerful cultural influence over neighboring East Asian states such as those in Japan and Korea.
The Tang dynasty was largely a period of progress and stability in the first half of the dynasty’s rule, until the devastating An Lushan Rebellion (755–763) and the decline of central authority in the later half of the dynasty. Like the previous Sui dynasty, the Tang dynasty maintained a civil-service system by recruiting scholar-officials through standardized examinations and recommendations to office. The rise of regional military governors known as jiedushi during the 9th century undermined this civil order. Chinese culture flourished and further matured during the Tang era; it is traditionally considered the greatest age for Chinese poetry. Two of China’s most famous poets, Li Bai and Du Fu, belonged to this age, as did many famous painters such as Han Gan, Zhang Xuan, and Zhou Fang. Scholars of this period compiled a rich variety of historical literature, as well as encyclopedias and geographical works. The adoption of the title Khan of Heaven by the Tang emperor Taizong in addition to his title as emperor was eastern Asia’s first “simultaneous kingship”.
Many notable innovations occurred under the Tang, including the development of woodblock printing. Buddhism became a major influence in Chinese culture, with native Chinese sects gaining prominence. However, in the 840s the Emperor Wuzong of Tang enacted policies to persecute Buddhism, which subsequently declined in influence. Although the dynasty and central government had gone into decline by the 9th century, art and culture continued to flourish. The weakened central government largely withdrew from managing the economy, but the country’s mercantile affairs stayed intact and commercial trade continued to thrive regardless. However, agrarian rebellions in the latter half of the 9th century resulted in damaging atrocities such as the Guangzhou massacre of 878–879.
Tang Dynasty Style Ceramic House.
Provenance: See Above.
Condition: Near Mint.
Dimensions: 24″ Tall, 18″ Deep and 15.75″ Wide