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East Asia, China, West Han Dynasty, ca. 206 BCE to 8 CE. A large, standing pottery human figure with no arms and a well sculpted head with naturalistic face and hair, painted all over a tan color, aside from the hair and some details of the face, which are black. This figure would once have had arms of wood, and clothing made of textiles; these have not survived over time. The head was molded and given individual features, and then attached to the body. This figure is of the type of tomb figure, known as a mingqi, from Yangling. Size: 3.5" W x 24" H (8.9 cm x 61 cm); 25.1" H (63.8 cm) on included custom stand.
Yangling Mausoleum was constructed near Xi'an, Shaanxi province, in central eastern China, which during the Zhou, Qin, Western Han, and Tang dynasties was the eastern end of the Silk Road and home to their ruling houses. The Han Dynasty was a period of wealth and stability for China, and the burial places of their rulers reflected this prosperity. Yangling consisted of two massive burial mounds and contained more than 50,000 miniature terracotta figures who reflected the daily life of the Emperor's court, including warriors clad in full armor, like this figure probably was, servants, eunuchs, animals, and models of important buildings like granaries. The creation of all these pottery figures spawned a huge industry and the remains of workshops have also been found near the burial mounds.
Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan, USA collection
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