Based on the various types of figures found in Han dynasty tombs, entertainers of all kinds including musicians, dancers, story tellers and acrobats, played a very important part in court life of the Han period. Small figures of acrobats similar to the present figures can be seen doing handstands on the edges of lian. See the example with three acrobats forming a pyramid atop a lian unearthed in 1972, Luoyang City, Henan province, included in the exhibition, Treasures from the Han, The Empress Place, Singapore, 1990, p. 101; and another with two acrobats balanced on the edge sold in these rooms, 3 June 1993, lot 154.
The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no. 866c41 is consistent with the dating of this lot.