A terracotta almost columnar-shaped statuette of a Northern Qi warrior, shown standing with his left arm held to the chest, holding a dagger, while his right hand appears holding a shield. The garment worn by the figure appears decorated with incised lines. The figure is portrayed wearing the traditional court attire, consisting of a long robe with long sleeves and a pointed cap, covering the figure’s ears. Facial features are delicately rendered in the typical style of Northern Qi art, with incised and painted almond-shaped eyes, lips and nose. Traces of the original white pigment still visible to the surface.
Date: Circa 550-577 AD Period: Northern Qi Dynasty Condition: Fine, with traces of the original pigmentations. 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. Statuettes of warriors, such as this fine example, would have been placed in the tomb to assist and protect the deceased in the afterlife. Northern Qi Dynasty terracotta statuettes are characterised by delicate facial features and solemn bodies.
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