Ancient Chinese Han Dynasty Painted Terracotta Pottery Attendant Figure - 206 BC

An ancient Chinese painted terracotta figure in stunning condition, dating to the Han Dynasty, 206 BC - 220 AD.

Likely depicting an attendant of the Han court, the figure is shown kneeling in supplication, the flowing robes obscuring the body are simple, but wonderfully elegant. Yet it is the decoration that elevates this piece far above the vast majority of examples encountered on the market; the robes are coloured in black and scarlet hues, embellished with floral patterns and dotted decoration. The face is also finely painted, with particular care given over to the pensive eyes.

It is extremely rare to see the original decoration as it would have been intended, one can see how the clay was a mere canvas for the ancient painter. It is remarkable to see these vibrant hues and ancient brushstrokes preserved so well; indeed what many collectors do not realise is that most examples with seemingly original decoration have been repainted in modern times. Yet here we have a fully intact example of supremely elegant style, the finest example of its type we have handled.

Please note; this piece is accompanied by a Thermoluminescence certificate from Oxford Authentication, which scientifically dates it to the Han Dynasty.

Ancient Chinese Han Dynasty Painted Terracotta Pottery Attendant Figure - 206 BC. An ancient Chinese painted terracotta figure in stunning condition, dating to the Han Dynasty, 206 BC - 220 AD. Likely depicting an attendant of the Han court, the figure is shown kneeling in supplication, the flowing robes obscuring the body are simple, but wonderfully elegant. Yet it is the decoration that elevates this piece far above the vast majority of examples encountered on the market; the robes are coloured in black and scarlet hues, embellished with floral patterns and dotted decoration. The face is also finely painted, with particular care given over to the pensive eyes. It is extremely rare to see the original decoration as it would have been intended, one can see how the clay was a mere canvas for the ancient painter. It is remarkable to see these vibrant hues and ancient brushstrokes preserved so well; indeed what many collectors do not realise is that most examples with seemingly original decoration have been repainted in modern times. Yet here we have a fully intact example of supremely elegant style, the finest example of its type we have handled. Please note; this piece is accompanied by a Thermoluminescence certificate from Oxford Authentication, which scientifically dates it to the Han Dynasty.

  • Price: $2,950.00 - In stock
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