The double-knotted hairstyle of the musicians is unlike most other published examples of Northern Wei entertainers. It is possible that the style is an indication of the relative youth of the figures. Compare the Northern Wei figural group, and one of two musicians from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, sold in our New York Rooms, December 1, 1994, lots 140 and 141 and 20 March, 1997, lot 368.
In our Amsterdam Rooms a similar example was sold 10 May, 2000, lot 172.
The dating of this lot is consistent with the result of the thermoluminescence test ASA (Authentification et Datation d'Objets d'Art et d'Archéologie par Méthodes Scientifiques), reference number 10.25.10 - TL 201.181.