Eastern Han Terracotta Kneeling Wet Nurse Figurine


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Object Description

A finely moulded Eastern Han wet nurse (rumu) terracotta figurine, depicts a wet nurse in a kneeling position, holding an infant in front of her chest. She is portrayed wearing a typical Han court garment that consists of a tight inner chemise known as shenyi and a loose outer robe with wide sleeves and a tapering hem, known as qujupao. The rich draperies on her garments are finely expressed through confident and precise grooves of different depths, echoing the finely moulded ridge shaping her V-necked collar. The rear of her qujupao flares out evenly at an elegant angle in profile, accentuating her elegant body curves when kneeling. Her hair is neatly tied in a high coiffure with a semicircular bun flanked by two chignons. Her facial features are turned into a sincere smile as she gently gazes at the baby. Her grooved, elongated eyes and eyebrows, a modelled nose and sensual lips are naturalistically and delicately rendered in characteristic Han style.

Date: AD 25- 220
Period: Eastern Han Dynasty

Object History

From the collection of a West Country gentleman, formed in 1970s

Object Condition

Good condition.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:99 x H:24 centimeters

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+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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