Rare Chinese Six Dynasties Fuxi & Nuwa (AD 220 - 589)
This very interesting and rare pottery figure of Fuxi and Nuwa was made during the Six Dynasties period (AD 220 - 589). It is solid pottery and takes the from of a two-headed snake. Note the detail of the facial features. It has been "cold painted" with a base of white pigment with traces pale yellow stripes and the facial features picked out in black and red.
Fuxi and Nuwa are, according to Chinese legend, the ancestors of human beings. They are usually depicted as a figure with human heads and snake body. It is said that Fuxi taught people how to fish and hunt, and Nuwa smelt stones to mend the sky and made human beings with clay.
Length 27 cm (10.5 inches). Some repair or restoration is, of course, possible, although none is obvious; fine condition.
Various mythical creatures, some with human attributes, are known from this period and this is one of five we are presently offering for sale.
For information: we sold this around 15 years ago to a private collector and valued friend who has, sadly, recently passed away.
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