A Northern Qi terracotta figurine depicting a court attendant.
The attendant is shown standing with his arms at his sides, wearing a traditional ceremonial hat, long vest, and gown tied at the waist. Poking out at the collar is a roll of fabric from the undergarments. A hole in the top of the right hand would have been used for offerings, such as incense. Traces of the original pigmentation are still visible on the body and face of the figurine.
Date: Circa 550 - 577 AD Period: Northern Qi Dynasty Condition: Fine condition; signs of ageing and earthy encrustations on the surface.
The are a large number of attendants found in Northern Qi Dynasty tombs, indicative of the need for continued assistance into the afterlife. As in life, attendant figures are stood up, waiting to fulfil the desires and needs of the deceased.
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