Lot 17. A painted pottery figure of an official, Northern Wei dynasty (386-534). Height 10 in., 25.3 cm. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Lot sold 317,000 USD. © Sotheby's.
the slender figure wearing a long layered robe and official hat, standing with hands clasped within the wide and loose sleeves, the face detailed in black and red, with traces of red, white and blue pigment, wood stand, Japanese wood box (5).
Provenance: Collection of Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972).
Mayuyama & Co., Ltd. Tokyo, Japan, acquired between 1960-1969.
Literature: Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Volume One, Mayuyama & Co., Ltd., Tokyo, 1976, p. 62, no. 157.
Note: Two pottery figures of guardians with similar dimensions and style, dated Northern Wei, can be found in the Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Art, illustrated in Ryocho no bijitsu (Arts of the Six Dynasties), Osaka, 1980, p. 8, fig. 82, p. 9, fig. 84.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013