Northern Wei Attendant


A hollow-moulded grey pottery figure of an attendant. He wears an elaborate headdress and long robes, which fall in finely depicted folds down the length of his body. Some of the original decorative pigments remain, although most have now been eroded.

Date: 386 - 534 AD
Period: Northern Wei Dynasty
Condition: Fine condition; some remnants of original pigments.


An important figure in life, such as the emperor, would will all his/her retinue to accompany him/her after death, as well as on the journey into the afterlife.

The Northern Wei reform contributed greatly to an amalgamation of art and culture in sixth-century China. This was manifested in painting, calligraphy, the funerary and decorative arts, and in the style of the cave-temples at Longmen in Henan Province. It was during the Northern Wei dynasty that Buddhism was introduced to China – an introduction which rooted itself firmly in the cultural fabric of China.

To discover more about Chinese terracotta statuettes, please visit our relevant blog post: Terracotta Tomb Attendants.

Weight 251 g
Dimensions H 24 cm

Pottery and Porcelain



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