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Pair of Northern Wei Attendants
386 - 534 A.D., China
Heights: 35.5cm each
A pair of pottery figures of court officials, evidently from the same mold. In typical fashion of Northern Wei Dynasty figures, they are stylized and elongated into tall thin forms. Each figure has a hat and flowing robes, standing at attention with long swords at leg level. They have a very thin profile, and are mounted on wooden plaques with double lotus bases, designed to be hung on a wall. The mountings are early 20th century.
One figure has more original polychrome gesso remaining than the other. Each has an horizontal crack where they appear to have been broken and repaired. (One just above the knees, and the other a bit higher into the thigh.) There is also some minor damage to the feet.
From an American estate.