Chinese Jin Dynasty Pottery Tile - Female Dancer (with display stand) AD 1115 - 1234
This moulded pottery tile was made during the Jin Dynasty (AD 1115 - 1234). It features a female dancer in the act of dancing; note the clothing, the hairstyle and the long flowing ribbons held in the dancer's hands. It is made from a grey pottery and there are traces of "cold painted" white pigment in places. It has a dual-purpose custom-made perspex stand that can be used to either hang the tile on a wall, or display it on a flat surface.
Off the stand it measures 25 cm (9.75 inches) by 21 cm (8.25 inches) with a maximum thickness of 6 cm (9.75 x 8.25 x 2.25 inches). Condition is very good with some expected surface wear and minor chips to the edges.
For information: theatre, opera and music was immensely popular during the Jin Dynasty and in recent years various pottery tiles have been excavated from Shanxi province in the northern region of China depicting a whole range of musicians and characters from various musical and artistic performances. For information we show a similar tile from the excellent China Institute book "Theater, Life and the Afterlife: Tomb Decor of the Jin Dynasty from Shanxi"; this is a book we highly recommend.
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