Rare Chinese Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Prostrate Figure
This very rare pottery figure was made during the early part of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906) or possibly a little earlier. It is "heavily-potted" and made from a grey pottery that has been "cold painted" in a base coat of white pigment on top of which are yellow, pink and black pigments. The figure is prostrate with knees and elbows on the ground and its face lowered and turned to its right, possibly paying obeisance to a dignitary or emperor. Note the detail of the facial features and head gear.
Length 20.5 cm (8 inches). There are signs suggesting the head has been broken and re-stuck at the neck and there may be repairs to the arms. Overall a nice example in good condition.
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