A similar figure excavated from an Eastern Han tomb at Xianyang, Shaanxi, is illustrated in Zhongguo Meishu Quanji; Diaosu Bian 2; Qin Han Diaosu (The Great Treasury of Chinese Fine Arts; Sculpture; Qin and Han), Beijing, 1985, vol. 2, p. 48, pl. 129. See, also, the similar pair included in the exhibition, Visions of Man in Chinese Art, Kaikodo, 17 March - 19 April 1997, no. 32; and another sold in these rooms, 2 June 1994, lot 232.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C199q40 is consistent with the dating of this lot.