Song Dynasty Terracotta Tile with Musician and Marker’s Hand Prints

GBP 650.00

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Object Description

A finely carved unglazed terracotta tile dating from the Song Dynasty. To the front, a musician sits beneath a florid frame, a common motif in Buddhist art, derived from the Indian chaitya arch. The man is portrayed in a naturalistic manner, with a plump face and delicate features, emphasised by the exceptional retention of the original pink, red, and yellow pigmentation. He wears the traditional court attire, the shenyi, comprised of a long belted robe with wide sleeves, which gently rests on the the man’s legs revealing the outline of his bent knees. He is perhaps sitting on a tall stool, as he plays his instrument to entertain his master. In his hands is a ‘pipa’ (琵琶), a traditional Chinese musical instrument sometimes referred to as the “Chinese lute”. The reverse displays the palm imprints of the potter, forming a personal mark equivalent to a manuscript signature.

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Date: AD 960-1279
Period: Song Dynasty

Object History

From a West Country, UK, collection; formerly in a Hong Kong collection formed 1970s-1990s.

Object Condition

Good condition, some flacking and chips to the surface and edges.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:29.5 x H:30 centimeters

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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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