Xunzi, a follower of Confucius wrote that. One adorns the dead as though they were still living, and sends them to the grave with forms symbolic of life. This beautiful, Chinese Tang Dynasty pottery figure of male Tomb Attendant figure dates to about 740 - 780 A.
He is made of classic, orange-ware terracotta that was painted, although most of the paint has faded or worn away after being buried for over a millennia. This figure was cast in mold and then fired in a kiln. This statue measures approximately 8.25 tall statue he stands with his hands clasped to his chest that has a small hole that likely once held a small wooden staff or perhaps a ritual candle to light the way for the deceased to pass to the next world. He wears a cape with a high peaked over-cap open at the front. His flowing robes are three-quarters length and open in the front, while his feet are covered by his long gown.
The style and full, overweight face suggest this Tang Dynasty Court Attendant was made from about 740 to 780 AD. The fashion for foreign styles increased in the cosmopolitan Tang court, and both men and women were depicted as corpulent or full-figured. A new style of plump, voluptuous woman dressed in flowing gowns became popular; the so called fat lady.This shift in aesthetic tastes is thought to have been influenced by the Emperor Ming Huang's favorite concubine, Yang Guifei (719 - 756), who was known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China and whose curvaceous physique was legendary. This Tomb Attendant is in as found condition and does not appear to have been repaired or restored. Most of the original surface paint has worn away during over 1,200 years of burial. Mounted and labeled on a small wood stand, the overall height is about 9.30 inches. This Tomb Attendant comes with a reputable COA and almost assuredly came from a burial tomb or temple located in Luoyang, in the. Luoyang is known as the "City of Peonies" and is one of seven ancient capitals in China. This Tomb Attendant or Guard was likely designed to scare evil spirits from entering the tomb of the departed. The statues exterior still has a very heavy layer of mineral, such as the white, calcium deposits, and earthen encrustations from being buried for over 1,100 years!
He is in as found condition with no repairs of restorationsa rarity for terracotta Tomb Attendant figures. The piece is in very good condition, as shown. It is unrestored and has age related wear and heavy mineral and earthen encrustation both inside the Tomb Attendants hollow body and on the exterior. He has not been cleaned. Please see macro photos as they are part of the description of this Rooster Tomb attendant.Approximately 8.25 inches tall. Note: A small wooden stand with a center dowel is included for FREE to safely hold this lovely yet fragile treasure! Legally obtained years ago through British controlled Hong Kong.
Btained from a private collection in New England. Similar examples can be found in the world's finest musuems, including: the British Musuem, Chinas famous Palace Museum in Beijing or at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, and at the MET in New York City. Similar examples contained in the Luoyang. It is very RARE to find such fragile items in excellent condition after being buried for over 1,300 years!It is in museum quality condition and is ready to display in your collection! I currently also have listed a Tomb Attendant Rooster and a Tomb Attendant Tiger that date to the Tang Dynasty.
Offered for the first time in the United States. Please look carefully at the photos, taken with 4x macro lens, since they are part of the description. Would make a wonderful addition to your collection or a Super gift! The item "RARE & Ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty Terracotta Male Tomb Attendant Statue" is in sale since Saturday, March 30, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Figurines & Statues".The seller is "houghton-usa" and is located in Sequim, Washington. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Japan, Australia.