Han Dynasty Owl Statuette

GBP 2,950.00

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Object Description

A nicely rendered Han Dynasty moulded terracotta statuette of an owl or bird. The animal is rendered in a stylised manner, with wide open eyes and clear features. The eyes are emphasised by blue and black pigment while the end of legs and tail are painted in black. Traces of red pigment to the beck and white chalk extensively to the surface.

In Ancient China, terracotta statuettes of animals and human figures would have been placed in the deceased’s tomb to ensure companionship and service in the afterlife. Statuary representations of owls were common in burial ceramics of the Han Dynasty period. Such animals, with their binocular vision and nocturnal habit, were deeply connected with rituals and magic, and therefore ideal animals to accompany the deceased in the afterlife.

Date: Circa 206 BC- 220 AD

Period: Han Dynasty

Object Condition

Condition: Fine, with traces of the original pigment visible.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    H:21.9 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+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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