21 March 2000
Two Painted Pottery Figures of Semitic Merchants
Each modelled slightly bent over, one on an oval base, wearing a tall peaked cap and with a pointed beard, bearing a large backpack slung over his shoulders and carrying a flask at his side, traces of pink, black and orange pigment
10¼ and 10.3/8in. (26 and 26.4cm.) high (2)
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Ezekiel Schloss, Ancient Chinese Ceramic Sculpture, 1977, vol. I, p. 103, fig. 12.
New York, China Institute in America, Foreigners in Ancient Chinese Art, 1969, pl. 12.
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