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Figure of a Westerner
Place of Origin: Northern China
Date: approx. 550-700
Historical Period: Sui dynasty (581-618) or Tang dynasty (618-907)
Object Name: Tomb figure
Materials: Low-fired ceramic, molded and sculpted, with straw-colored glaze
Dimensions: H. 10 in x W. 2 1/2 in x D. 2 3/8 in, H. 25.4 cm x W. 6.3 cm x D. 5.9 cm
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B81P59
On Display: No

Description

Label: Stylistically close to the previous piece (cat. no. 131) in proportion, facial features, and the quality of the glaze, this piece might have been potted in the same workshop. Although there is not sufficient recent archaeological evidence to refer to these two as products of the same maker, the hairdo gives the clue to date the piece. The oblate-shaped coiffure was popular until the seventh century and was restyled from the middle Tang by heightening the top with a block of wood within the arrangement.
Label: Stylistically close to the previous piece (cat. no. 131) in proportion, facial features, and the quality of the glaze, this piece might have been potted in the same workshop. Although there is not sufficient recent archaeological evidence to refer to these two as products of the same maker, the hairdo gives the clue to date the piece. The oblate-shaped coiffure was popular until the seventh century and was restyled from the middle Tang by heightening the top with a block of wood within the arrangement.