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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 367


    HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220)

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    HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220)
    Cast as a kneeling foreigner holding a conical receptacle, with two similar receptacles flanking the shoulders, wearing a necklace and a loin cloth tied with a sash with fringed ends, his face cast with a slight smile and almond-shaped eyes below brows with hair markings, his hair dressed in coiled S-curls below the collared aperture in the top of the head
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) high, stand and box

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    For a bronze figure with somewhat similar eyes, also shown in a kneeling position and holding a spear, from the Anthony and Susan Hardy Collections and the Sze Yuan Tang, see Li Xueqin, The Glorious Traditions of Chinese Bronzes, Singapore, 2000, no. 99. The figure is dated to the Han dynasty, and like the present figure, the hair is dressed in coiled S-curls. He is identified as depicting a Central Asian or hu (barbarian). As there is a cylindrical socket projecting from the top of the head, and a hole in the bottom of the left knee for attachment to a stand, it is assumed by the author that the figure was meant as some kind of support, which is true of the present figure. Compare, also, the bronze figure riding on a chimera, also dated to the Han dynasty, included in the exhibition, Arts of Ancient China, J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 31 May - 23 June 1990, no. 9.


    Acquired before the 1930s.
    Christie's, New York, 20 September 2005, lot 157.