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A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A SOLDIER
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A SOLDIER

SUI/EARLY TANG DYNASTY, 6TH-7TH CENTURY

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A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A SOLDIER
SUI/EARLY TANG DYNASTY, 6TH-7TH CENTURY
Standing on a narrow platform, his right arm raised and both hands pierced and held in a fist, wearing a tiger skin hood with erect ears and intent gaze, the fangs framing his animated face, also wearing layered armor with epaulets at the shoulders, extensive pigment remaining
20 in. (50.8 cm.) high, Japanese wood box
Literature
Zui to no bijutsu, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, 1976, p. 21, fig. 1-175.

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The charming helmet worn by this soldier is made from the skin of a tiger, and possibly worn to intimidate opponents. Compare with a standing figure of a solider in similar attire illustrated in Zhongguo taoci quanji, vol. 7, Tang Sancai, Shanghai, 1983, no. 3.

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