A finely modelled hollow-moulded terracotta Chinese Tang period statuette of a male court attendant. The figure is shown wearing a long-sleeved robe, tied to the waist, and long trousers. The hair is arranged in a high-bun, and the right hand is held to the chest in the act of holding an offering, possibly incense. The right hand has been perforated for this purpose. The figure’s surface still displays traces of original pigmentations, which would have been applied after firing.
Date: Circa 618-906 AD Period: Tang Dynasty Condition: Fine condition, earthly encrustations to the surface.
Grave goods were an important status symbol in ancient China, so the affluent and important would be accompanied in their travels through the afterlife with numerous depictions of people, items and animals. Such terracotta figures were made for the service and entertainment of the owner, ensuring that their journey in the underworld was a happy one.
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