Fine Large Chinese Western Jin Dynasty Warrior with Oxford TL Test (AD 265 - 316)
This impressive and very rare pottery model of a warrior was made during the Western Jin Dynasty (AD 265 - 316), although some publications incorrectly attribute such figures to the earlier Han Dynasty. It is quite "heavily-potted" and made from a fine-grained grey pottery that is relatively highly-fired, having an almost metallic ring to it when tapped. The surface has been "cold painted" in a base coat of white pigment. The facial features, head and hair have been painted in a black pigment on top of the white; there are also faint traces of a reddish-brown pigment in places, also on top of the white. Note that the pigments have been purposely applied only to the front of the figure as though what the figure looked like from the back was of no particular importance.
He stands as though in the act of throwing a spear. Note the grotesque features of the face and the detail of the clothing.
As with many of our finer and more unusual items, we have had this model 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 images; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 1100 and 1800 years ago".
Height 39 cm (15.25 inches). The top of the figure is chipped but there is not even a hint of any repair or restoration; this really is an outstanding example in fine condition.
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