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Large Chinese Jin Dynasty Pottery Tile - Male Figure


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Large Chinese Jin Dynasty Pottery Tile - Male Figure (AD 1115 - 1234)

This fine and rare pottery tile dates to the Jin Dynasty (AD 1115 - 1234) and has been excavated from a tomb in Shanxi province in the northern region of China. Theatre, opera and music were immensely popular during the Jin Dynasty and in recent years various pottery tiles have been excavated depicting a whole range of musicians and characters from various musical and artistic performances. 

This tile depicts a male figure, an official figure or dignitary wearing a belted robe with his hands clasped together at his chest; he is, presumably, a character from a folk tale. Note the detail of the clothing, the headgear and the facial features.

The tile measures 29 cm (11.5 inches) square, weight 5.65 kg (12.5 lbs). There are chips to the edge but nothing of any significance. No repair or restoration; fine condition.

For reference: similar tiles are shown in the excellent China Institute book "Theater, Life and the Afterlife: Tomb Decor of the Jin Dynasty from Shanxi". For details, go to: www.chinainstitute.org

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