The Northern and Southern dynasties was a period in Chinese History that lasted from circa 420 to 589 AD, within which a large group of burial terracotta attendants figurines were made for votive purposes. The Northern and Southern dynasties followed the tumultuous years of the Sixteen Kingdoms and the Wu Hu states. Terracotta burial attendants, dating to the Northern and Southern dynasties, are distinctly characterised by their harmonious combinations of cultural features that come from both the Han traditions and nomadic creativeness. Whilst it was a period of civil unrest it also led to the flourishing of the arts and culture and the development of technology.
The Northern and Southern Dynasties Terracotta Male Attendant Figurine
A finely moulded Northern and Southern Dynasties terracotta figurine, depicting a standing male attendant with clasped hands. He is presented wearing an iconic nomadic short tunic featuring turn-down collars, with both hands clasped in front his chest. His slender trousers are finely expressed by a curved outline, echoing his moulded belt that is fastened across his waist. Two fan-shaped clothing are sculpted above the sides of his legs, imitating the flaring fabrics of his attire. His facial features are clearly expressed, including arched eyebrows, elongated eyes, and a sensual lips with some original red pigment. The attendant wears a typical Northern and Southern Dynasties coiffure, with hair dividing into halves, each neatly tied up into a swirling low bun. The reverse is flat and unworked.
The figurine is mounted on a customised stand.
Condition: Fine condition, with signs of ageing and slight earthy encrustation remains visible to the surface