Tang Dynasty Tomb Attendant or Priest, circa 7th - 10th Century AD

Ancient Coins - Tang Dynasty Tomb Attendant or Priest, circa 7th - 10th Century AD
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Tang Dynasty, circa 7th - 10th Century AD
Pottery tomb attendant in the form of a robed and hooded priest measuring 180mm tall. A highly unusual piece with the inclusion of an iron bar inserted into the clay prior to firing. Over the centuries the bar corroded and swelled, causing the piece to crack in half, now expertly repaired. I have persued the strange appearance of the iron bar in this example, as none that I know of have seen a similar example. It has been theorized that instead of a priest figure that it is in fact a warrior, and the iron bar was perhaps a sword of which half has been lost. I dont think this is the case due to the location and surrounding clay.

For reference, see Susan Caroselli, Editor, The Quest For Eternity, Chinese Ceramic Sculptures From The Peoples Republic of China, #86 (animal-headed figures, but identical in style and composition).
Warren E. Cox, The Book of Pottery and Percelain, Volume I, pp92-95.

Price SKU: a923
US$ 250.00
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  • CAD 288.25

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