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$ 4,500

Chinese Stoneware Tomb Figure Han Dynasty

Origin China
Period Pre 18th Century
Materials stoneware
W. 6 in; H. 27 in; D. 6 in;
W. 15.24 cm; H. 68.58 cm; D. 15.24 cm;
Condition Good. General surface wear and encrustation throughout, small hairlines on the top and back of the head as shown. Minute losses to the extremities such as the toes. Possible old restoration par nature of these figures.
Creation Date 200BC-200AD
Description A Chinese molded stoneware figure on a custom display stand likely from Han Dynasty (202BC-220AD). These pottery figures were used as part of tomb accouterment for the burial practice at the time after human sacrifice ceased. Presumably, they represent guards or domestic servants for the afterlife of the owner. It is believed that they were made as realistic as possible albert mass produced, and some were painted and some, like this one, had arms made of wood and were dressed in fabric robe, both of which have since disintegrated. As a result, these figures were called "Tomb Nude Boy" or ""Tomb Stickman". There were often found buried in the soil and with time, develop an earth encrust on the surface as shown on this piece.
Provenance: From an estate in MA, originally purchased in Hongkong in 1996. A copy of original export COA accompanies the piece.
Styles / Movements Asian Art
Incollect Reference Number 468886
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