Tall Chinese Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Foreigner Figure
This fine pottery model of a foreign groom was made during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906). It is made from a buff-coloured pottery that has been cold-painted in a base coat of white pigment on top of which is black pigment in places. At the end of the arms are purpose-made holes where originally would have been fixed separate hands, probably made of wood and now long since rotted away and lost. Note the details of the unusual hat, the clothing and the facial features.
Height 55.5 cm (21.75 inches). Of course some degree of repair should reasonably be expected for a figure of this age and size; there are signs that the head has been broken and re-fixed, other repairs are possible but any repairs have been performed to a high standard; a rare and impressive example in very good condition.
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