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Figure of a dignitary wearing armour

  • loan



  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    In its style, this figure is copying a Northern Wei (AD 386–534) model, but the flat modelling is not usually found in that period; for the more characteristic type of Wei dynasty figures compare one from a tomb in Luoyang, Henan province, in Zhongguo taoci quanji [Complete series on Chinese ceramics], vol.4, Shanghai, 2000, pl.238.

    The figure is very shallow, with the front modelled in relief, but the back flat. It is made of grey pottery, the face with clearly rendered features, wearing a flat round cap and a short coat with wide sleeves, crossed in front and revealing a stiff, somewhat angled piece of armour underneath, the long wide trousers largely covering the shoes, the garment folds and borders represented by incising.

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