Large Chinese Tang Dynasty Attendant Painted Pottery Figure with Oxford TL Test
This rare and exceptionally tall pottery figure was made during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906). It is the male equivalent of the well-known "fat lady" (female courtier) figures. It is made from a buff-coloured pottery that has been "cold panted" in a base coat of white on top of which have been black, pink, and red pigments. He is a particularly elegant looking figure with hands clasped together across his chest under the long sleeves of his robe, his head turned very slightly to his right with a possibly quizzical slight lean to his left ! Note the detail of the clothing, facial features, ears and hairstyle.
Undeniably impressive with a height of 56 cm (22 inches). A nice example in very good condition and available to view at our gallery.
As with many of our finer items, we have had this figure tested by Oxford Authentications, the only testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that will accompany this item is shown with our pictures below; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 900 and 1500 years ago".
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