Grave goods were an important status symbol in ancient China, so the affluent and important would be accompanied in their travels through the afterlife with numerous depictions of people and items. These were made for the service and entertainment of the owner, ensuring that their journey in the underworld was a happy one.
A Han Dynasty Attendant
An elegant and large grey earthenware Han Dynasty attendant. The figure has been designed with typical Han Dynasty features, including the slender form and draping robes with elongated sleeves, as well as shoes just visible under the folds of the hem. The figure retains the original white slip, with additional decoration in red, umber, and black pigments to show the facial features and hair, which forms a long ponytail down below the shoulders. Her slim frame juxtaposes the robust and portly form of the Tang Dynasty ‘Fat Ladies’.
Period: Han Dynasty
Condition: Very fine, complete and intact. The slip and painted decoration a little rubbed in places but largely extant, with light earthy accretions. Repair to the right sleeve.