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Chinese Han Dynasty Female Tomb Attendant - 29"H

China, Western Han Dynasty, ca. 200 BCE. An enormous pottery female attendant holding her arms in front of her body. She is made from light grey earthenware, painted in white, black, and red. The V-Shape opening reveals a white inner garment, which covers the neck. The figure has a detachable head, which fits into a hole at the top of the molded, hollow body. Size: 11" W x 29" H (27.9 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.

Condition: One sleeve is repaired near its end, and there is a small chip from the base. Some losses to paint as shown. Firing hole in center.

Provenance: ex-Hawaii, USA collection

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