Rare Northern Zhou Terracotta Court Attendant

GBP 300.00

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Object Description

A rare moulded grey earthenware figurine of a male court attendant dating to the Northern Zhou Dynasty. The attendant is portrayed in the standard position of Northern Zhou statuettes: facing forward with a slightly arched back. He wears the traditional court attire, the Shenyi, consisting of a short vest tied to the waist and long sleeves with fragments of the original paint pigment in which the figure was originally adorned with. The attendant stands in a reverent pose, with his hands held together at the front below his chest, though concealed by the vest’s sleeves, as was customary for members of domestic staff. Two holes are pierced above them, perhaps to hold an offering of incense. A simple headpiece sits high on the man’s head covering his tied hair and leaving visible his facial features, rendered slightly in relief and portraying a solemn expression.

Date: AD 557 – 581
Period: Northern Zhou Dynasty

Object Condition

Fine condition; signs of ageing to the surface.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:4.8 x H:14.1 centimeters

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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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