Chinese Painted Grey Earthenware Standing Female Tomb Figure, Western Han Dynasty.
The tall slender court lady stands with knees and elbows slightly bent to reveal the hands, now lost with sockets remaining. The detachable rounded head has a delicately modeled face with small features and painted accents.
The neck serves as an extended plug into the neckline of the hollow body ata slight cant as if eyes are downcast and bowing. The hair full at the hairline in form and painted black continuing on the back of the body on center to the waist.
The body form of draped layers of long robes, crossing left over right over sloping shoulders with a stiff collar, deep full sleeves tied with a sash low on the waist and trumpet flared at the base, all outlined in red, white and black pigments. Custom black silk storage box in Chinese hinged lid style.
Condition: Some pigment loss overall, clay surface adhesions, Some hairline cracks at the back corner, one small hole under the left sleeve, overall intact, no apparent signs of restorations.
Size: 29-1/2 inches high x 11-1/2 in. wide x 7-1/2 in. deep.
Weight: 15.5 lbs.
Western Han Dynasty 206 B.C. - A.D. 9
Thermoluminescence testing of head and body with Bortolot Daybreak Corporation, Guilford, CT, 1989 sample #379A1. Date of firing 2300 +/- 600 years ago.
Honeychurch Antiques, Seattle 1988.
Ex Collection Parker & Evelyn Sroufe, Seattle.
For similar examples see:
Oriental Ceramics, The World’s Great Collections, The Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Vol. 9, 1975, pl. 8 & 9.
Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Vol. 1, 1976 p.53, pl.123
Sotheby’s New York, The Bernat Collection, November 1980, lot # 19. With hands covered and folded in front of the figure.
Yutaka Mino and James Robinson, Beauty and Tranquility: The Eli Lilly Collection of Chinese Art, 1983, pp. 164-165, pl.56.
Christie’s London, Fine and Early Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, December 1985, lot #18
Christie’s New York, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, December 1986, lot # 34.
LACMA, The Quest for Eternity, 1987, p. 108, figs 19 - 20.
Grace Wong, Treasures from the Han, 1990. p. 75. Hands are covered and clasped in the front of the figure.