Compare a similar pair of figures illustrated in Kaikodo Journal, New York, Spring 1997, pp. 244-5, no. 34, and a similar humanoid spirit illustrated by C. Lewis, Into the Afterlife: Han and Six Dynasties Chinese Tomb Sculpture from the Schloss Collection, Vassar College Art Gallery, 1990, pp. 92-3, no. 39.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C105f30 is consistent with the dating of this lot.