Chinese Western Han Dynasty Painted Pottery Attendant Figure (206 BC - AD 8)
This pottery model of a male attendant, or servant, was made during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 8). The figure stands with hands together under a robe. Note the presence of purpose-made holes above and below where the hands would be where a flag or weapon (?) would originally have been placed diagonally, and presumably made of wood so long since rotted away and lost. It is made from a relatively highly-fired grey pottery and made in a two-piece mould, luted together at the side (the join can clearly be seen). It is coated in a particularly thick powdery white pigment on top of which are grey and other coloured pigments.
Within the hollow base, if held at the correct angle in a bright light, can be seen the finger prints left over 2,000 years ago by the potter who made this figure !
Height 30 cm (12 inches). There is some surface wear and a high degree of the original pigments remains. Of course the possibility of repair to such figures should not be ruled out but overall this is a very nice figure in good condition.
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