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AMBER-GLAZED POTTERY FIGURE OF AN FOREIGN OFFICIAL, TANG-LIAO DYNASTY (7-12TH CENTURY)

AMBER-GLAZED POTTERY FIGURE OF AN FOREIGN OFFICIAL, TANG-LIAO DYNASTY (7-12TH CENTURY)

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The figure stands with arms crossed in front, a pose that is often seen in tomb figurines which were intended to serve the deceased in the afterlife. The long robe and facial features of the figure are intricately crafted, showcasing the meticulous work of Tang Dynasty artisans. The technique of Sancai glazing stands as a representation of the artistic achievements of the period.

This piece serves as an important artifact for understanding the funerary customs and culture of the Tang Dynasty, indicating its role in accompanying the deceased. The expression and stance of the figure reflect the skill and cultural expressions of the artists of that era, holding unique artistic value.

Date : Tang-Liao Dynasty(7-12th century)
Made in : Henan province
Size : 25.8cm (Height)
Condition : Good
Provenance : Acquired in 1999, Hongkong

 

* Tang Dynasty San-cai

Tang Sancai glazed pottery refers to a type of Chinese ceramic that became famous during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). "Sancai" translates to "three colors," which typically are brown, green, and cream or white. Occasionally, blue was also used. These colors were achieved through the use of metallic oxides in the glaze, which, when fired at high temperatures, produced vivid colors that have retained their brilliance over centuries.

The art of Sancai pottery is characterized by its decorative and functional purposes. It includes items such as figurines, vessels, and architectural elements. Tang Sancai ceramics were often used as burial items, intended to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. The pieces frequently featured images of people, animals, and mythical creatures, reflecting the Tang Dynasty's cosmopolitan culture and the religious and mythological beliefs of the time.

The distinct look of Sancai comes from the way the glazes melt and run together, creating a flowing effect that makes each piece unique. This pottery is a valuable part of China's cultural heritage and provides insight into the sophisticated ceramic technology of the Tang Dynasty.

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