Chinese Han Dynasty Painted Pottery Figure (206 BC - AD 220)
This rare pottery figure was made during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220). It is made from a grey pottery that has been "cold painted" in a base coat of white pigment on top of which have been painted pink, red and black pigments with a good deal of the original pigment still remaining. The holes in his sleeves are where originally would have been placed articulated wooden hands, now long since rotted away and lost. There is damage to the base, mainly caused by a large firing crack resulting in the front of the base coming away and having to be re-stuck, There are also signs of repair to the head. Most Han figures of this general type are much smaller; this is a particularly large example with a height of 26 cm (10.25 inches). Overall a nice figure of good size in good presentable condition.
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