Exceedingly Rare Pottery Cavalry





Exceedingly Rare Pottery Cavalry

Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 8 A. D)
Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China
Grey earthenware
High 53 cm.

Exceedingly Rare Pottery Cavalry, Exceptionally Rare Western Han Dynasty Painted Pottery Cavalry, this pottery male figure is high 53 cm, the body slender and naked, the face finely modelled, and the shoulders with holes to hold wooden arms (now missing), trail of red pigment and silk.

The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.

* Originally these figures were dressed with clothes and with the elapse of time, their dresses became rotten, they were left dress less, and became naked. Originally they had wooden arms which were fitted on the sockets of the shoulders, and were moveable, now the wooden arms are reduced to ashes because of erosion, and they are missing. The whole surfaces of the figurines were painted with colours. These kinds of figures were only found around the capital, and were used by the royal family and forbidden to ordinary people.

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