London, South Kensington
18 May 2007
A painted pottery figure of an official, Tang Dynasty (618-907)
the standing dignitary with moulded moustache and bushy eyebrows, wearing a long-sleeved robe with a breast and back plate attached by twin buckles over the fabric, the cloud-toed shoes emerging from the long garment, his head covered with a peaked headdress decorated with a stylised flying bird motif -- 32in. (81.3cm.) high.
Spink, Directory I: Chinese Works of Art 1994, No. 88.
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The result of thermoluminescence test, Oxford C107d17, is consistent with the dating of this lot.
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