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Lot 0061
**Originally Listed At $1800**

China, Western Han Dynasty, ca. 200 BCE. A very large female pottery tomb attendant, modeled simply but prettily. She stands facing forward, but in this case, the arms are not held in front of the body. Two holes cut into the sleeves of her long sweeping robe were originally intended for the insertion of two detachable hands, which would have held an offering or perhaps some kind of tool. The head is also detachable, and fits into a hole at the neck. Size: 10" W x 29" H (25.4 cm x 73.7 cm)

The Han Dynasty was a period of wealth and stability for China, and the burial places of their rulers reflected this prosperity - inside of burial mounds, hundreds and sometimes thousands of miniatures figures were placed, recreating the daily life of the Emperor's court or a noble person's world. The creation of all these pottery figures spawned a huge industry and the remains of workshops have also been found near the burial mounds. This example is particularly large.

Provenance: Ex-D. Strunk Collection, HI

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Some losses to paint, plus missing hands.

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Chinese Han Dynasty Female Tomb Attendant - 29"H

Estimate $2,500 - $3,500Feb 1, 2018