A very fine hollow-moulded terracotta guardian soldier figure from the Chinese Tang Dynasty period. The figure is presented standing and with both hands holding what looks like a long sword inside its scabbard. The figure is wearing a military attire, comprising a helmet and a long cloak over his uniform. The rims of his garment, along with his thickened collar, are finely detailed in the terracotta. His facial features are minacious, with a deeply carved mouth, widened nostrils and raised eyebrows, thus to intimidate any offenders. The statuette features traces of the original white and red pigments, which would have been applied after firing.
Date: Circa 618-906 AD
Period: Tang Dynasty