large Sichuan painted grey pottery figure of a shaman, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)

Lot 403. A large Sichuan painted grey pottery figure of a shaman, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 40,000. Price realised USD 32,500© Christie's Image Ltd 2008  

Cast as a kneeling foreigner holding a conical receptacle, with two similar receptacles flanking the shoulders, wearing a necklace and a loin cloth tied with a sash with fringed ends, his face cast with a slight smile and almond-shaped eyes below brows with hair markings, his hair dressed in coiled S-curls below the collared aperture in the top of the head, stand and box. 

Provenance: Acquired before the 1930s.
Christie's, New York, 20 September 2005, lot 157..

NoteThe standing figure wearing a belted three-quarter-length tunic draped with an animal skin over the shoulders, his feet encased in rope-tied sandles, holding a writhing serpent in his left hand and an axe in his right, his monster-like face modeled with menacing expression enhanced by bulging eyes and exposed fangs flanking a long tongue that extends down the front of his body, with a pair of elephant-like ears below a headdress with projecting crescents flanking a central cupped disc, with extensive earth encrustation.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza