Chinese Northern Wei Dynasty Painted Pottery Figure
This painted pottery figure of a soldier was made during the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534). It is made from a grey pottery that has been "cold painted" with various coloured pigments. In the figure's left hand is a purpose-made hole in which originally would have been placed a miniature weapon or banner, now long since lost, presumably having been made of wood and rotted away. Note the detail to the clothing and head gear.
Height 22.5 cm (8.75 inches). Good overall condition with expected surface wear, minor chips to the edges and loss of pigment in places.
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