A grey pottery figure of a dignitary, Western Wei dynasty (AD 535-556)

Lot 1276. A grey pottery figure of a dignitary, Western Wei dynasty (AD 535-556); 15 ¾ in. (40 cm.) highEstimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000Unsold. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018

The figure is shown standing on a rectangular base, his raised right hand hollowed to hold a now missing object, and wearing 'leather' armor strapped over a heavy tunic with stiff collar, and long, loose trousers. There are traces of white slip, and orangish-red and black pigment..

Provenance: Peter Scheinman (1932-2017) Collection, New York, before 1992.

LiteratureF. Klapthor, Born of Earth and Fire: Chinese Ceramics from the Scheinman Collection, Baltimore, 1992, p. 53, no. 29.

ExhibitedThe Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Born of Earth and Fire: Chinese Ceramics from the Scheinman Collection, 9 September to 8 November 1992.

Note: This figure is stylistically similar to a group of figures found in Shaanxi province and dated to the Western Wei dynasty, some of which were included in the exhibition, The Quest for Eternity, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1987, pp. 80 and 125, nos. 53-54.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13 - 14 September