Tall Chinese Northern Wei Glazed Armoured Soldier with Oxford TL Test
This extremely rare and unusually tall pottery figure was made during the early Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534). It is a warrior in full armour, including the headgear. The armoured scales are most prominent on the front upper body and helmet but they can also been seen on the legs. Note also the bugling eyes and teeth. The sleeves are hollow where presumably there were originally wooden hands, now long since lost. It is made from a reddish pottery that is unusually highly-fired, having an almost metallic ring when tapped. The amber glaze has been applied unevenly and has degraded in places.
Height 59.5 cm (23.5 inches). Overall condition is very good: there is a chip to the flat surface of the right foot and the only obvious sign of repair is to the right leg above the knee. This figures comes with a custom-made stand, although it does stand perfectly well on its own.
This piece has been 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; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 1000 and 1,700 years ago".
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