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Chinese Painted Grey Earthenware Standing Female Tomb Figure

Item number : 002490

Price :

18 792.00 € 17 226.00 € VAT excl.
( Price vat incl.17 555.00 € )

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Chinese Painted Grey Earthenware Standing Female Tomb Figure, Western Han Dynasty. The tall slender court lady stands with knees and elbows slightly bent to reveal the hands, now lost with sockets remaining. The detachable rounded head has a delicately modeled face with small features and painted accents. The neck serves as an extended plug into the neckline of the hollow body at a slight cant as if eyes are downcast and bowing. The hair full at the hairline in form and painted black continuing on the back of the body on center to the waist. The body form of draped layers of long robes, crossing left over right over sloping shoulders with a stiff collar, deep full sleeves tied with a sash low on the waist and trumpet flared at the base, all outlined in red, white and black pigments. Custom black silk storage box in Chinese hinged lid style.

Size: 29-1/2 inches (75 cm) high x 11-1/2 in. (29.5 cm) wide x 7-1/2 in. (19 cm) deep.

Thermoluminescence testing of head and body with Bortolot Daybreak Corporation, Guilford, CT, 1989 sample #379A1. Date of firing 2300 +/- 600 years ago.

  • Origin
  • Culture, Dynasty, Period
    Western Han Dynasty
  • Date
      • 2nd
      • Century BC
      • 1st
      • Century
  • Creation year
    206 B.C. - A.D. 9
  • Material
  • Height (cm)
  • Width (cm)
  • Depth (cm)
  • Bibliographic references
    For similar examples see: Oriental Ceramics, The World’s Great Collections, The Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Vol. 9, 1975, pl. 8 & 9. Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Vol. 1, 1976 p.53, pl.123 Sotheby’s New York, The Bernat Collection, November 1980, lot # 19. With hands covered and folded in front of the figure. Yutaka Mino and James Robinson, Beauty and Tranquility: The Eli Lilly Collection of Chinese Art, 1983, pp. 164-165, pl.56. Christie’s London, Fine and Early Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, December 1985, lot #18 Christie’s New York, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, December 1986, lot # 34. LACMA, The Quest for Eternity, 1987, p. 108, figs 19 - 20. Grace Wong, Treasures from the Han, 1990. p. 75. Hands are covered and clasped in the front of the figure.

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